Navitat launching new mountaintop tour

Navitat Canopy Adventures is launching a new zipline experience in Asheville.

Called Navitat's Blue Ridge Experience, the tour features three pairs of dual "racing-style" ziplines. The zips are from 1,100 feet to nearly three-quarters of a mile and up to 350 feet off the ground.

The new tour is equipped with a special braking system that automatically reduces the speed of the rider as he approaches the end of the zipline.

The original tour, opened in 2010 and now called Moody Cove Adventure, features a tree-based course of 10 ziplines, sky bridges, rappelling and forest hikes.

Blue Ridge Experience tours begin April 15 and run daily through November. Cost is $69 Sunday-Friday and $79 on Saturday and holidays.

Reservations are required. Visit www.navitat.com/asheville-nc/ or call 855-628-4828 for more details.

Band films video as part of Civil War series

KINSTON, Ala. - A band producing music videos at Civil War battlefields and historic sites across the country has released a video filmed at an Alabama gravesite.

Granville Automatic's song "Grancer Harrison" is part of an effort to raise awareness about Civil War battlefields and efforts to preserve them. The video, filmed at Harrison's grave near the southern Alabama town of Kinston, was released recently.

The song recounts the life of Harrison, who lost several sons in the Civil War.

Granville Automatic earlier filmed a video about the 1864 Battle of Atlanta; and at Glorieta Pass, a Civil War battlefield in New Mexico.

The band's music and video project, "An Army Without Music: Civil War Stories from Hallowed Ground," includes songs based on events in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and several other states.

Viking warship comes to British Museum

LONDON - More than a millennium after it sailed the seas, the remnants of the longest Viking warship ever discovered have traveled to the British Museum.

The 120-foot wooden longboat discovered on the banks of a fjord in Roskilde, Denmark, in 1997 is the centerpiece of "Vikings: Life and Legend," which opens at the London museum March 6.

The ship has been dated to about 1025 and may have been used by Cnut the Great, who ruled a Viking empire taking in England, Denmark and Norway.

The museum recently showed journalists the remains of the ship, which consists of a modern steel frame holding surviving timbers of about a fifth of the vessel.

The exhibition runs at the British Museum until June 22, and moves to Berlin in September.

Staff and wire reports