03 September 2016

Viking Ireland

Ireland, the entire island, but most especially the northern portion, is rich in pre-history. In the past few years a wealth of Viking artifacts and lore have been gleaned under the streets of Dublin. There is bound to be lots more, so stay tuned.

This short article alludes to some of it. I encourage those readers with an interest in all things Viking to avail themselves of the videos on the subject by clicking the link at the end of this missive. (Ed.)


Viking Ireland

Explore the Vikings and how they changed Ireland between 800 and 1150 AD.

Artifacts from Dublin excavation
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. Artefacts from Dublin excavations 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. 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.