The Vikings in Ireland is a fantastic series of videos, which have been produced by the National Museum of Ireland to celebrate the 1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf. You can view the videos below.
1. Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses three newly discovered Viking battle axes found at Lough Corrib in Co. Galway.
2. Dr Andy Halpin discusses the Museum’s newest Viking sword, discovered in the River Shannon near Banagher in 2012. While Carol Smith, Conservator at the National Museum, explains what x-rays can tell us about the structure and decoration of Viking swords.
3. Dr Andy Halpin shows how Viking trade routes introduced coinage from Arabic and Anglo-Saxon societies.
4. Maeve Sikora, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, focuses on everyday objects excavated at burial sites and what they tell us about the role of women at the time.
5. Maeve Sikora discusses what the Vikings believed, and how objects found in graves excavated in Dublin help us understand Viking culture.
6. Eamonn Kelly, Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, explains how Irish society was different from the Vikings, where the Irish lived and the interaction between the Vikings and the Irish.
7. Dr Patrick F Wallace, former Director of the National Museum, discusses finds from excavations from one of the world’s best preserved Viking towns: Dublin.
8. Director of the National Museum of Ireland, Raghnall Ó Floinn, discusses how Viking art styles appear on Irish Christian artefacts such as the Clonmacnoise Crozier, the Shrine of the Cathach, and the Cross of Cong.