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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 3rd – 6th Class
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.
Dates available Wednesdays during term time
Time available 10:15am
Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but this workshop can take place on the ground floor. If your class has special mobility needs please let us know at the bookings stage.



Curriculum Links 

SESE History

  • Working as an Historian Time and Chronology / Using Evidence / Change and Continuity / Cause and Effect / Synthesis and Communication / Empathy
  • Story Stories from the lives of the people in the past
  • Early People and Ancient Societies Early Christian Ireland / Vikings 
  • Continuity and Change Over Time Homes, House and Urban Developments / Nomadism / Food and Farming / Clothes / Literature, Arts, Crafts and Culture / Barter, Trade and Money

Other curriculum links include: 

  • SESE Geography A Sense of Place and Space / Human Environments / Natural Environments
  • SESE Science  Working Scientifically /Questioning/ Observing/ Analysing/ Materials
  • English Receptiveness to Language/ Competence and Confidence in using Language



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