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Archaeology, Dublin, History, Ireland, Jewellery, Towns, Viking -

In this blog series we are exploring Viking Age Dublin. We looked at the buildings the population lived an worked in in PART ONE and who they were in PART TWO (click the links to read those blog posts). In this part, we examine the objects they left behind, all the things that give us a clue about what they did and how they lived their daily lives. Viking Age building excavated at Wood Quay (source: Jewellery was worn by both sexes in the Viking Age, and this ranged from the mundane, like tools hung as pendants for easy use...

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Archaeology, Dublin, History, Ireland, Towns, Viking, Warrior -

In the first part of this look at Viking Age Dublin we looked at the houses and dwellings that were found during the 1974-1981 excavations. You can read more about them by clicking this LINK. In this part we turn our attention to the people who lived in Dublin in the 10th/11th centuries.  Reconstruction of the densely packed Viking Age Dublin. (source: The excavations carried out at Wood Quay and Fishamble Street revealed the diet of the Dublin people from the rubbish they threw away. Thousands of animal bones were recovered and it was found that the Vikings of Dublin...

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Archaeology, Dublin, History, Ireland, Towns, Trading Posts, Viking -

Between 1974 and 1981 excavations in Wood Quay, Dublin, Ireland uncovered vast swathes of intact Viking Age archaeology that revealed the Scandinavian origins of the Irish capital city. The Dublin Corporation (now the Dublin City Council) selected a spot at Wood Quay to build their new offices. Initially ignoring calls from archaeologists about the potential for buried remains in the area, work was finally halted after 20,000 people protested the development in 1978 and bought the archaeologists more time to uncover the remains of Viking Dublin. Protesters demonstrating about the destruction of Wood Quay 1978 (source: The seven year long...

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Archaeology, Greenland, History, Viking -

At the end of the 10th century on a steep slope overlooking Eiriksfjord in Greenland, Erik the Red established his farmstead. He named it Brattahlíð, 'the Steep Slope' in English (the Vikings were not known for their subtlety...). The modern Inuit name for the site is Qagssiarrssuk (Little Strange Creek) and it sites some 60 miles from the ocean at the head of Tunulliarfik Fjord, therefore sheltering it from the strong ocean winds, but also allowing access to the Atlantic.  Layout of the site at Brattahlíð (source: Graham-Campbell, J. ed., 1994, Cultural Atlas of the Viking World) Erik the red was exiled from Iceland in...

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Archaeology, Games, History, Viking -

The Viking Age was renowned for its warriors but many battles were also played out on various board games and people boasted of their success in various strategy games. Dice have been used since antiquity as a form of relaxation and gambling and the Viking Age was no exception. Grave goods of long oblong dice are a frequent find from excavations on Viking Age sites. Viking Age dice, from Jorvik (York), UK (source: Pintrest) More complex board games have also been identified amongst items buried in Viking graves. A double sided board game was buried in a Royal Ship burial...

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