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    Double-shelled oval brooch of gilt bronze, ornamented with zoomorphic designs, and blue glass bead with two segments from a Viking grave group from Kneep Head, Valtos, Uig, Isle of Lewis, 900 - 1000

    Archaeology in Europe - The Manufacture of Viking Oval Brooches

    Large Pewter Viking Dragon Bracelet

    Small Dragon Bracelet

    Some of the Lewis Chessmen may not have been chessmen at all according to new research. The 12th and 13th century gaming pieces which were discovered in Uig on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 may have been used in a game called hnefatafl – an ancient Viking board game that pre-dates chess.

    Viking Box brooch made of partially gilt bronze, covered with silver and gold decorated with niello, filigree, and granulation. Martens Grotlingbo, Gotland, Sweden, eleventh century. Statens Historiska Museum, Stockholm. #VikingBrooch #VonGiesbrechtJewels

    Beads found in Birka grave 515.  In the Historiska Museet, Stockholm.

    Bed found in a Viking grave

    Mass Grave of the Headless Vikings: Archaeologists were digging up side of a roadway in Dorset when they unearthed a mass grave containing headless remains of 54 Viking mercenaries. Read more:

    Oval Brooch, 10th century, made in Scandinavia, Viking, copper alloy, gilt.

    Brooches of the Viking era Urnes Style

    Vеrby Viking hoard, Sweden 10th century

    Viking Omega Brooch A very nice Viking penannular brooch (900-1000 AD), in silver or a tin alloy, with much granular decoration, and four ancient bronze coins with German legends on them used as decorative pendants. Size: 58 mm wide x approximately 83 mm in length.

    Viking inlaid Axe Head- British Museum, 1000-1050 AD

    Large Viking Brooch An outstandingly well preserved and absolutely complete bronze Viking brooch with intact needle, featuring magnificent spiral designs and a wonderful green patina. 700 - 900 AD

    Oval brooch. Northern Germanic, late 7th-early 8th century AD Said to be from a grave at Tromsø, Norway, possibly more closely located on the islet of Tussøya. This copper-alloy oval brooch is incised with a crouching animal seen from above, its head at one end and its legs entwining across its back, giving it a beetle-like appearance. It was found in a grave with beads of glass and rock-crystal and a disc-on-bow brooch.

    Birka grave 515, a skeleton grave.

    Viking gold brooch from Hedeby, Germany

    Detail of bead pendant. Necklace from Grave 632, Birka, Sweden. Late 9th century. Source: The Viking Heritage, 1996.

    The Viking dress was held up by two short front straps and two longer back straps, which were fastened at the front with two large shell-shaped brooches. Between the brooches women might wear attractive strings of beads of amber, silver, bone or glass in different colours. Photo by National Museum of Denmark