The only existing Viking Age helmet was found at a Norwegian burial site in1943, among objects which date back to the 900's. Chain mail, three swords, three axes, three spearheads, riding equipment, game pieces and dice were also found. It is believed that one of the buried men was a petty king from the Ringerike area.
Women played many fundamental roles in Scandinavia during the Viking Age (eighth to eleventh century). Their positions ranged from slave to farmer to landholder and their tasks varied from the spinning and weaving of cloth, manufacturing garments and hangings, preserving, producing and cooking food and drink, tending livestock, working in the fields, cleaning and laundry to warming beds.