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Glassware found in Birka

Glassware found in Birka

Irish sea shield boss and cast bronze grip

Irish sea shield boss and cast bronze grip

Knives from York

Additional blades found at the Viking Age levels at Coppergate, York, England.

Knives from York

Additional blades found at the Viking Age levels at Coppergate, York, England.

Everyday viking items unearthed in Dublin. [Walter Pfeiffer/National Museum of Ireland]

Vikings: Everyday items unearthed in Dublin (Walter Pfeiffer/National Museum of Ireland).

A piece of cloth found on the ship Osebergskom, Norway

A piece of tartan cloth found on the ship Osebergskom. The Huldremose woman who lived in "the Iron Age" wore a plaid gown. Wikipedia says the find is around 340 AD at the latest. (And now no one can argue against Vikings wearing plaids.

A piece of cloth found on the ship Osebergskom, Norway

A piece of tartan cloth found on the ship Osebergskom. The Huldremose woman who lived in "the Iron Age" wore a plaid gown. Wikipedia says the find is around 340 AD at the latest. (And now no one can argue against Vikings wearing plaids.