Viking Ireland

Examine a collection of early medieval urban Viking excavations in Europe

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This exhibition documents the Viking Age in Ireland from c.800 AD to c.1150 AD. Initial contact with the Vikings is evident in material found in Viking graves of the ninth and tenth Centuries in Ireland. Finds from Irish settlement sites of the ninth and 10th Centuries illustrate rural life, and a selection of silver ornaments indicates the wealth of Scandinavian and Irish settlements of this period.

Artefacts from Dublin excavations

At the centre of the exhibition is a display of finds from the Museum's Dublin excavations, carried out between 1962 and 1981. This represents the finest collection of excavation finds from an early medieval urban centre anywhere in Europe.

A final section displays ecclesiastical metalwork of the 11th and 12th Centuries, which shows the fusion of Scandinavian and Irish art styles at the close of the Viking Age.

Coinciding with our Clontarf 1014 temporary exhibition opening on the 10th April 2014, we have developed eight videos on Viking Ireland.

Location: National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, First Floor, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Viking Age

Viking Age

The first recorded Viking raids on Ireland took place in 795 AD, when islands off the north and west coasts were plundered.