Before the Vikings
THERE WAS a flourishing civilisation in Northern Europe long before the Viking era. This video shows some archaeological artefacts from England and Sweden dating from the Nordic Bronze Age, the Migration era and the Vendel era.
I also have some footage of the living history group Wulfheodenas whose replicas of the Vendel and Valsgärde helmets are without equal. They came to visit the pagan burial mounds at Gamla Uppsala which was a fitting place for a photo shoot. I also had ago at making one of the foils by hammering a pressblech with the help of the Smith David Roper.
The Vikings were farmers, fishermen, craftsmen and traders as well as raiders. They were master ship builders, but they didn’t become so overnight. Boats and ships were important for transportation, travel and fishing for thousands of years before the Vikings.
The boats in the pictures are reconstructions located in the Stone Age Village at Höör in southern Sweden.
Petroglyphs of boats can be found on flat rocks. These pictures from the Bronze age (1800 – 500 B.C.) were carved on a rock at Simris in southern Sweden more than 2,500 years ago, about 1,500 years before the Vikings.
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