22 October 2016

Vikings and their descendants had a profound impact on Ireland

The National Museum of Ireland has one of the most fabulous collections of Viking artifacts extant. And, they are constantly adding to their collection. The history of the Vikings in Ireland are literally under the streets of Dublin.

We are going to Ireland in April, 2017, and this museum is at the top of our list. Click the link at the bottom of the article for a thumbnail sketch via a collection of eight videos of what you can expect when you visit the museum and Ireland in general. (Ed.)


Artefacts from Dublin excavations 
Viking Ireland Explore the Vikings and how they changed Ireland between 800 and 1150 AD. No Wheelchair Access Vikings and their descendants had a profound impact on Ireland, from their first appearance just before 800AD until after 1150AD. Traditionally seen as raiders and invaders, Vikings also helped transform Ireland economically, culturally and politically.

This exhibition explores the Viking Age in Ireland through surviving objects – including objects from Viking graves of the 9th and 10th centuries and from settlement sites of the 10 th to 12th centuries. At the centre of the exhibition is a display of finds from the Museum’s excavations in Dublin, the most important Viking site in Ireland. This is one of the finest collections of excavated finds from an early medieval site anywhere in Europe.

Viking artefacts
A final section displays church metalwork and other ecclesiastical material of the 11 th and 12 th centuries, which shows how Scandinavian features were absorbed into Irish culture, including art styles, in the later Viking Age.

Coinciding with this exhibition we have developed eight videos on Viking Ireland. Location: National Museum of Ireland ­ Archaeology, First Floor, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. From early raids to the formation of the first towns, Ireland changed profoundly during the the Viking Age. A decorated wooden gaming board found at Ballinderry was probably made in 10th­ century Dublin.

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