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A house burning in Viking Haithabu by Flemming Bau

A house burning in Viking Haithabu by Flemming Bau

Interior of a Celtic house in Arles, Gaul by Jean-Claude Golvin

Interior of a Celtic house in Arles, Gaul by Jean-Claude Golvin

An Iron Age Celtic chieftain burying the Catillon II Hoard on Jersey by Victor Ambrus ©

An Iron Age Celtic chieftain burying the Catillon II Hoard on Jersey by Victor Ambrus ©

Woman's grave with staff - .reconstruction of grave 845 at Birka, by Thórhallúr Thráinsson in an article of magazin The Viking Heritage 'Viking age sorceres' based on the book 'The Viking Way Religion and War in the Later Iron Age of Scandinavia' by Neil Price.

Woman's grave with staff - .reconstruction of grave 845 at Birka, by Thórhallúr Thráinsson in an article of magazin The Viking Heritage 'Viking age sorceres' based on the book 'The Viking Way Religion and War in the Later Iron Age of Scandinavia' by Neil Price.

Kvinde med Egtvedpigens dragt, ammer – Frau mit Egtved-Tracht, innerhalb Haus – Woman with Egtved-dress, inside House

Kvinde med Egtvedpigens dragt, ammer – Frau mit Egtved-Tracht, innerhalb Haus – Woman with Egtved-dress, inside House

Gaul - Lattara (Lattes) - The courtyard house

Gaul - Lattara (Lattes) - The courtyard house

A Neolithic camp by drvce on DeviantArt

A Neolithic camp by drvce on DeviantArt

Iron Age shoes (ca. 400 BCE to 400 CE) found on body found in European bog Photo by Robert Clark, National Geographic

Iron Age shoes (ca. 400 BCE to 400 CE) found on body found in European bog Photo by Robert Clark, National Geographic

Inca soldiers crossing the Andes

Inca soldiers crossing the Andes

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

The Vikings did not always set out with war in mind. Finds of large cargo ships and wealthy trading towns give a more nuanced picture of the period. It was a time in which trading in everything from slaves to silk and iron flourished. Finds of Arabic silver coins in Scandinavia and a small Buddha figure in Sweden testify to how distant the trading connections could be.

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