It’s fascinating to learn about the objects that people crafted over a millennium ago and try to piece together what those people may have been like. It’s our peephole into understanding cultures like the Vikings (from 793 to 1066 CE), who did not leave a written record of their daily life, their thoughts, or their beliefs.
ABOVE: Viking reenactors in “kit,” including the author herself!
majority of what we know about the Vikings has been learned from the stuff they
left behind: grave goods, mostly. My passion for learning about and recreating
objects from the Viking Era was kicked off by a visit to the Viking Ship Museum
in Oslo, Norway. Seeing the amazing riches from a ship burial of two
high-status women—so well preserved—captured my imagination and got me wanting
to learn more and get involved. The art style of the Vikings is still very much