Viking Ireland, a fantastic series of videos by the National Museum of Ireland

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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.





6 thoughts on “Viking Ireland, a fantastic series of videos by the National Museum of Ireland

  1. Irish Archaeology is an amazing site. As I have looked at the various themes I can understand the beginnings of my ancestors.
    My maternal ancestors were Hogans who left Ireland during the Potato Famine and settled in Northern Bay,Newfoundland. There are still old rock fences in the fishing villages there.
    My paternal ancestors also came from Ireland and settled in Fogo, Newfoundland.
    The terrain of Ireland is so much like that of Newfoundland. The old country dialects are still very evident there.
    In 1972 I moved from Newfoundland to Alberta to attend the University of Lethbridge. Over several years I earned a B ED in English, a Certificate in Special Education and a BA in Cultural Anthropopogy/middle-east archaeology.
    I was surfing the net on biblical archaeology when I discovered your site and decided to explore it.
    I have returned to it several times and still there is so much to see and read about.
    I can see a lot of work has gone into developing this site. i have it in my favorites and I will study it much more. I would like to visit Ireland in the future and I would like to see some of the places you have presented.
    A+ in my grade book!

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