Viking town of Sliasthorp - According to texts from the 8th century, the town served as the centre of power for the first Scandinavian kings. But historians have doubted whether Sliasthorp even existed. This doubt is now starting to falter, as archaeologists from Aarhus University are making one amazing discovery after the other in the German soil. http://sciencenordic.com/legendary-viking-town-unearthed

Viking town of Sliasthorp - According to texts from the 8th century, the town served as the centre of power for the first Scandinavian kings. But historians have doubted whether Sliasthorp even existed. This doubt is now starting to falter, as archaeologists from Aarhus University are making one amazing discovery after the other in the German soil. http://sciencenordic.com/legendary-viking-town-unearthed

glass from Birka

glass from Birka

"...Many historians have assumed that the idea of plaids (tartans) was relatively new to Scotland in the seventeenth century. Archaeology tells a different story. The Celts have been weaving plaid twills (tartans) for three thousand years at least."

"...Many historians have assumed that the idea of plaids (tartans) was relatively new to Scotland in the seventeenth century. Archaeology tells a different story. The Celts have been weaving plaid twills (tartans) for three thousand years at least."

Textile Crafts Textile Crafts was a common female occupation, and here you can see Viking textile gear. At the top of a small tube for needles and a spindle whorl that you could spin with. In the middle a sisare (Viking sax) and at the bottom of a weight to a loom. To the right a glättbräda. On it, you could get clothes ironed by rubbing them with a trowel (pictured one of the glass).

Textile Crafts Textile Crafts was a common female occupation, and here you can see Viking textile gear. At the top of a small tube for needles and a spindle whorl that you could spin with. In the middle a sisare (Viking sax) and at the bottom of a weight to a loom. To the right a glättbräda. On it, you could get clothes ironed by rubbing them with a trowel (pictured one of the glass).

Interior Viking longhouse

Interior Viking longhouse

This little guy can conquer anything!

This little guy can conquer anything!

ww loom with pile weave fabric in progress.

ww loom with pile weave fabric in progress.

Loom at Haithabu. Look at the number of sheds she is working - like a four-harness loom.

Loom at Haithabu. Look at the number of sheds she is working - like a four-harness loom.

A Viking mitten dating from 800 AD, found in a retreating glacier in Norway

A Viking mitten dating from 800 AD, found in a retreating glacier in Norway

Cutaway picture of a Viking house

Cutaway picture of a Viking house

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