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'A Return to the Hoo': A small series of photographs from various visits to the Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre courtesy of Lindsay Kerr. A reconstruction of the horse bridle from the Mound 17 burial.

'A Return to the Hoo': A small series of photographs from various visits to the Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre courtesy of Lindsay Kerr. A reconstruction of the horse bridal from the Mound 17 burial.

Viking saddle

Reconstruction of a saddle mérovingienn e Association: IU  edhnar Valland: Issue 3 (January / February

Valsgärde 6 shield horse harness detail— at Historiska Museet. Photograph courtesy of M.Bunker 2.jpg

Valsgärde 6 shield horse harness detail— at Historiska Museet. Photograph courtesy of M.Bunker 2.jpg

guldgubber portraying a man with a wrap-style jacket

Viking era thin gold plate "guldgubbe" portraying a man with a wrap-style jacket.

Gjermundbu Equestrian burial from the 10th century AD from Gjermundbu, Ringerike, Buskerud in the Horse gear from head to hoof Exhibition - Museum of Cultural History Norway  http://www.khm.uio.no/tema/utstillingsarkiv/horsepower/english/40_accessorize.html

Equestrian burial from Gjermundbu, Ringerike, Buskerud in the Horse gear from…

10th century Birka, Sweden. I am not a horseman, but stirrups?

I am not a horseman, but stirrups?

This 7th century brooch bears the insignia of the battlefield: two birds (possibly eagles or crows) decorate the top of the brooch, while a warlike face dominates its centre. (Saga of the Norsemen: Viking and German Myth; Loren Auerbach & Jacqueline Simpson; London 1997, pg 8)

This century brooch bears the insignia of the battlefield: two birds (possibly eagles or crows) decorate the top of the brooch, while a warlike face dominates its centre. (Saga of the Norsemen: Viking and German Myth;

9-11th century horse gear. B is a bridle from Gnezdovo, Russia, C is reconstruction of the Borre, Norway bridle

B is a bridle from Gnezdovo, Russia, C is reconstruction of the Borre, Norway bridle.