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Health and Medicine in the Viking Age

Health and Medicine in the Viking Age, Hut where Healer woman tended the wounded.

Viking skeleton found in WalesA skeleton of a Viking has been discovered by archaeologists at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey. Scientists from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, who made the discovery believe it will shed new light on the interaction between Celtic, Anglo-Saxon and Viking-age worlds operating around the Irish Sea.

A skeleton of a Viking has been discovered by archaeologists at Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey. Scientists from Amgueddfa Cymru – National Muse.

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A beaker made of bronze and silver with embossed gold bands. Found in the cult house deposited with a glass bowl. It dates to about 500 AD and it is probable that it was made in Uppåkra. (Photography by Bengt Almgren, LUHM)

Leather pouch. Viking. Norway, Aust-Agder, Grimstad BRINGSVERD.

Remains of leather bag or pouch from the Viking age, found at Grimstad, Bringsverd, Norway. In the Norwegian Museum of Cultural History.

Detail Image Viking Silk Cap History of York http://www.historyofyork.org.uk/inc/img.php/tpl/uploads/silk_hat_1.jpg/640/1/fill

Viking Silk Cap - found in York in Britain, the city the Vikings called Yorvik. It is one of the most unusual and interesting objects found during the Coppergate excavations. Silk must have been an exotic material in Century Britain.

Weights; Coppergate Dig, York, England The weights used with the balances were also of metal: the group of weights seen here comprise three cylindrical lead weights and two weights which have iron cores and brass coatings. The weight with the decorative triskele motif is one of a pair of identical globular weights which were found together, and appear to be part of a set, perhaps of graded weights: likely made in Scandinavia.

Glass Beads Almost 300 glass beads were found at Coppergate, York.

The silver hoards of the Vikings - Nationalmuseet. We can see evidence of the Vikings’ activities abroad from the silver hoards. Many of these hoards contain objects that come from faraway places. The hoards consist mainly of silver goods-the real currency of the Viking Age. Goods were paid for in silver by weight.  A few hoards may be votive offerings. Most of the finds seem to be stocks of valuables that were hidden during times of trouble.

Here is an example of the hoard that Beowulf's Dragon may have been guarding. The silver hoards of the Vikings - Nationalmuseet, Denmark.

Birka bag handle. Intact in length. Only end head missing. Excellent part of handle to use for replica. found in Birkas harbour 2014 during the excavations by the Maritime Museum.

Only end head missing. Excellent part of handle to use for replica. found in Birkas harbour 2014 during the excavations by the Maritime Museum.

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