In this article, Esther Unterweger explains the importance of boat burials in Scandinavia. On account of the diversity of rituals one encounters through the archaeological, iconographic or textual record, it becomes clear that a boat or ship occupied an important role in various rituals reaching far back in the history of Scandinavia. Their prevalent occurrence suggests their deep-rooted connection to the spiritual sphere of humans and their general acceptance in socio-cultural systems — even if their levels of meaning might have varied in time and space. Images of boats have played a central role in the material culture from the early Prehistory onwards and appeared in form of carvings on rocks especially close to the coast, on wooden coffins or on decorated bronze razors in context with mortuary rituals. During prehistoric and medieval times in Scandinavia the boat was an indispensable object in everyday life.
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A ruler of the Carolingian Dynasty renowned for his thirty-year military campaign to spread Christianity in Europe and for his interests in education and religion. A Viking ship intended for warfare and exploration and designed for speed and agility. Longships were equipped with a sail as well as oars, making navigation independent of the wind possible. A historical and cultural-linguistic region in northern Europe characterized by a common Germanic heritage and related languages. It includes the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The capital city of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin, and Ottoman empires. During the 12th century, it was the largest and wealthiest city in Europe.
Viking Embroidery Stitches and Motifs
By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline. A Viking ship buried in Norway for more than 1, years is set to be excavated — the first project of its kind in more than a century. The undertaking is being called 'urgent' by archaeologists as the ship's wooden hull, believed to be made of oak, is being ravaged by a fungus.
Viking art , also known commonly as Norse art , is a term widely accepted for the art of Scandinavian Norsemen and Viking settlements further afield—particularly in the British Isles and Iceland —during the Viking Age of the 8thth centuries CE. Viking art has many design elements in common with Celtic , Germanic , the later Romanesque and Eastern European art, sharing many influences with each of these traditions. Generally speaking, the current knowledge of Viking art relies heavily upon more durable objects of metal and stone ; wood , bone , ivory and textiles are more rarely preserved; human skin , which historical sources indicate was often elaborately tattooed [ citation needed ] , is nowhere extant and is unlikely to have survived. The artistic record therefore, as it has survived to the present day, remains significantly incomplete. Ongoing archaeological excavation and opportunistic finds, of course, may improve this situation in the future, as indeed they have in the recent past.