The Vikings are here. The Museum of Nature and Science in Denver has a special exhibit on the The Vikings.
Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck went to this exhibit. We learned and saw so much. We actually went twice. It really is good. Who are the Vikings? The people that lived across Scandinavia were not a unified group. There were warriors, explorers and merchants, but most were farmers. The word Viking was used for an activity. Someone was out on a “viking.” That could be a commercial trip or a raid. Much jewelry was on display.
Different styles seemed to be from different regions. Also many items were brought back from raids or commercial trips. These items are from afar.
The cross has Irish origins, the cowrie shells are from the Red Sea while the red and white beads are from the Black Sea area. The ladle was used during church ceremonies. As we mentioned most people were farmers and this pig, or boar, was a great source of meat.
These people seemed to care about personal appearance, as these grooming items were found.
Many items were found in graves.
A male was buried with these favorite items. The Scandinavia area has very cold winters. Early ice skates were functional, but much different than those we use today.
Here is what was found in the tomb of a warrior in Birka.
Some people were buried with amulets.
Amulets guaranteed the gods’ protection. Runes were iconic symbols from the Viking age.
This one tells a story.
The Vikings expanded their world. Some wooden figures were brought back.
There was much silver.
Some from raids and some was payment for traded goods. Much silver was melted for jewelry. Some was kept for local purchases. Many merchants had scales so pieces of silver were broken off bracelets or other jewelry for payment. This is a reconstruction of a small Viking boat.
After leaving this exhibit, this reproduction of another Viking ship caught our attention.
This exhibit will be at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science from March 10 through August 13, 2017. We hope you see it here or when it comes to your city.