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
Gaul - Lattara (Lattes) - The courtyard house
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
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.