Roderick Dale

Postdoctoral Researcher
English
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
E: roderick.dale@ucc.ie

I graduated from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne with a BA(Hons) in Scandinavian Studies (Norwegian) in 1985 before beginning a career as an archaeologist. While working as an archaeologist I completed an MA in Viking and Anglo-Saxon Studies (2001) and a PhD in Viking Studies (2014) at the University of Nottingham. My doctoral thesis, entitled Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life, reassessed research into Viking berserkir and studied how that research had been shaped by modern, popular culture depictions of berserkir. While at Nottingham I taught Old English in the 'Beginnings of English' and 'Medieval Englishes' modules.

I joined UCC in 2016 as post-doctoral researcher on The World-Tree Project (www.worldtreeproject.org), a large-scale community collection database in the field of Old Norse-Icelandic and Viking Studies, funded by an IRC 'New-Horizons' Starter Grant.

Research Interests

My research interests are broad and include:

  • Old Norse language, literature and culture
  • Viking Age society and warfare
  • Reception of the Vikings in popular culture
  • Public engagement
  • Digital heritage and how it can be used to educate about and study the Vikings
I am particularly interested in how popular culture depictions can dominate and shape research into the Vikings, having considered its effect on approaches to researching berserkir in my doctoral thesis.

Books

YearPublication
(2014)The Viking Experience.
Stern, M. and Dale, R. (2014) The Viking Experience. London: Carlton Books. [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(2013)A review of 'Les Berserkir: Les guerriers-fauves dans la Scandinavie ancienne, de l’âge de Vendel aux Vikings (VIe-XIe siècle)’, by Vincent Samson, Saga-Book, 37, 69-71.
Dale, R. (2013) A review of 'Les Berserkir: Les guerriers-fauves dans la Scandinavie ancienne, de l’âge de Vendel aux Vikings (VIe-XIe siècle)’, by Vincent Samson, Saga-Book, 37, 69-71. Book Reviews [Details]

Encyclopedia Entries

YearPublication
(2016)'Berserkir' in Jesch, J., and Lee, C., (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of The Viking World.
Dale, R. (2016) 'Berserkir' in Jesch, J., and Lee, C., (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of The Viking World. . Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]
(2016)‘Rigsþula’, in Jesch, J., and Lee, C., (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of The Viking World.
Dale, R. (2016) ‘Rigsþula’, in Jesch, J., and Lee, C., (eds), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of The Viking World. . Encyclopedia Entries. [Details]

Research Report

YearPublication
(2010)‘Carved in stone: a late Iron Age and Roman cemetery and evidence for a Saxon minster, excavations near St Nicholas' church, Great Wakering 1998 and 2000', Essex Archaeology and History, 41, 194-231.
Dale, R., Maynard, D., Tyler, S. and Vaughan, T. (2010) ‘Carved in stone: a late Iron Age and Roman cemetery and evidence for a Saxon minster, excavations near St Nicholas' church, Great Wakering 1998 and 2000', Essex Archaeology and History, 41, 194-231. Research Report [Details]
(2005)'A late medieval site at Great Garlands Farm, Stanford-le-Hope, and other archaeological work on the Coryton-Mucking pipeline' Essex Archaeology and History, 36, 131-46.
Peachey, M. and Dale, R. (2005) 'A late medieval site at Great Garlands Farm, Stanford-le-Hope, and other archaeological work on the Coryton-Mucking pipeline' Essex Archaeology and History, 36, 131-46. Research Report [Details]
(2005)'Archaeology on the mid-Essex clay. Investigations on the A130 Bypass: A12 Chelmsford Bypass to the A127 Southern Arterial Road, 1991-4 and 1999-2002' Essex Archaeology and History, 36, 10-54.
Dale, R., Maynard, D. and Compton, J. (2005) 'Archaeology on the mid-Essex clay. Investigations on the A130 Bypass: A12 Chelmsford Bypass to the A127 Southern Arterial Road, 1991-4 and 1999-2002' Essex Archaeology and History, 36, 10-54. Research Report [Details]

Documentary

YearPublication
(2014)Ancient Black Ops: Berserkers.
Dale, R. (2014) Ancient Black Ops: Berserkers. Documentary [Details]
(2010)The Real Vikings: A Time Team Documentary.
Dale, R. (2010) The Real Vikings: A Time Team Documentary. Documentary [Details]

Radio Documentary

YearPublication
(2010)Radio Live Interview - Berserkers.
Dale, R. (2010) Radio Live Interview - Berserkers. Radio Documentary [Details]

Blog

YearPublication
(2014)The Viking Berserker.
Dale, R. (2014) The Viking Berserker. Blog Globe icon [Details]

PhD Thesis

YearPublication
(2014)Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life.
Dale, R. (2014) Berserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life. PhD Thesis [Details]

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Chartered Institute for Archaeologists Member01-MAR-03 /
Viking Society for Northern Research Member/
Society for Medieval Archaeology Member/

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University of Nottingham Tutor27-SEP-10 / 22-JUN-13

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2014University of Nottingham Doctor of PhilosophyBerserkir: A re-examination of the phenomenon in literature and life
2001University of Nottingham Master of ArtsViking and Anglo-Saxon Studies
1989University of Newcastle upon Tyne BA (Hons)Scandinavian Studies (Norwegian)

Outreach Activities

 Description

I have engaged extensively in outreach activities throughout my careers, taking part in open days on archaeological sites and at field units, and giving talks to local societies. Some of my more recent public engagement activities have included:

  • 2015         ‘The Changing Face of the Viking in Popular Culture’, talk to the Sheffield Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Society
  • 2015         Collaborating with Lindybeige for ‘Berserkers! The facts and the fictions’ video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBUGQkpk3RE)
  • 2014         ‘An Introduction to the Vikings’, talk given to Bishop Burton Country Friends
  • 2014         Vikings workshop at Burford Primary School, Nottingham
  • 2013         Consultant English translation of the Vinland Saga manga: Makoto Yukimura, 2013, Vinland Saga (New York: Kodansha Comics)
  • 2013         with Judith Jesch, translating a script into Old Norse for an audio installation at the British Museum for the Vikings exhibition
  • 2012         Consultant for a children’s book on Norse Myth: Anita Ganeri, 2013, Norse Myths and Legends (London: Raintree)
  • 2011         Consulting for the BBC’s Hands on History section on Vikings (http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/handsonhistory/vikings.shtml)
  • 2010         Consulting on an animation about Vikings for Brainpop.com
  • 2010         Old Norse consultant providing dialogue for: Ananda Braxton-Smith, 2010, Merrow (Fitzroy: Black Dog Books)