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Viking Age Utensils from Waterford city

This fantastically preserved collection of household utensils was discovered during archaeological excavations in Waterford city. It includes two wooden spoons, a wooden beetle/pestle and an iron knife (with attached handle). The artefacts were found in contexts dating from the 11th to 12th centuries AD and were preserved due to the damp, largely anaerobic conditions which […]

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Hoard of Islamic silver coins found in Sweden

An interesting find from Uppland in Sweden where archaeologist working for Arkeologikonsult have uncovered a hoard of 163 Islamic coins. Fashioned out of silver, the coins contain Arabic script and the majority were minted in Samarkand, an Islamic state which was located in modern day Uzbekistan and Iran. They date from the mid-10th century AD and […]

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Bone Ice Skates from Viking Age Dublin

These unusual looking bone objects represent a pair of medieval ice skates. They date from circa 11th/12th century AD and were discovered during the National Museum of Ireland’s excavations in Viking Age Dublin[i]. Similar artefacts are known from early Scandinavian sites such as Birka and Hedeby, while in Britain over 40 have been found in […]

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Viking Blacksmith’s Grave Uncovered in Norway

The spectacular remains of what appears to be a Viking grave, most likely belonging to a blacksmith, has been uncovered in Sogndalsdalen, Norway (as reported by NRK). The grave was found by Mr Leif Arne Norberg, under a series of stone slabs in his back garden. Mr Norberg had been carrying out landscaping works when he […]

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Toy Viking boat

A Viking Age toy boat from Dublin

This image shows a wooden replica of an ocean-going Viking longboat that was discovered during the National Museum of Ireland’s excavations at Winetavern Street, Dublin. Most likely a toy, the vessel measures approximately 37 cm in length by a maximum of 8.5 cm in width. Originally the boat would have had a mast and a […]

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