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Workshop: Raiders, Traders and Settlers - Viking Handling

Discover how artefactual evidence allows archaeologists to learn more about the lives of people in the past. Analyse replica Viking grave goods from whalebone ironing boards to Iron helmets to discover what these can tell us about the origins, livelihoods and beliefs of Vikings who came to Ireland, first to raid, and later to trade

Workshop at a Glance

Level 1st - 3rd Year, Transition Year
Group size Designed for groups of 30 max
Duration 75 mins
Location Viking Ireland Exhibition and Learning Resource Room, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street
Days available Wednesdays during term time
Time available 10:15
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but can take place on the ground floor. If your class has special mobility needs please let us know at the bookings stage. 



Curriculum Links 

Junior Cert History

  • The Nature of History
    Working with Evidence/ Developing Historical Consciousness/ Acquiring ‘the big picture’ 
  • The History of Ireland
    Key moments of change
    Thinking historically- explain the relevance of archaeology to their understanding of Irish history, citing local examples, where appropriate 

Junior Cert Geography

  • Strand 3: Exploring People, Place and Change 

Statements of Learning for Junior Cert

  • Values local, national and international heritage, understands the importance of the relationship between past and current events and the forces that drive change.
  • Communicates effectively using a variety of means in a range of contexts
  • Appreciates and respects how diverse values, beliefs and traditions have contributed to the communities and culture in which he/she lives
  • Observes and evaluates empirical evidence and processes and draws valid deducations and conclusions

Key Skills for Junior Cert

  • Managing information and thinking
  • Communicating
  • Staying well - being positive about learning
  • Being creative  -Imagining
  • Working with others – learning with others 

Transition Year

  • Teaching methods and approaches
  • Study visits and field trips
  • Activity based learning 



Learning Outcomes 

  • Examine museum standard replica Viking artefacts
  • Discover how archaeology has contributed to our understanding of early Christian Ireland and the Viking period
  • Explore the changes brought about by the arrival of Vikings to Ireland
  • Ask questions of archaeological evidence and communicate findings effectively