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Workshop: Raider, Trader, Settler or Craftsperson?

Put the skills of the archaeologist to use in this special hands on session! What can archaeology reveal to us about the beliefs and everyday lives of the Vikings who first came to Ireland 1,200 years ago? As part of this interactive workshop, students will learn about how archaeologists work with evidence and put some of these methods into practice, analysing replica Viking grave goods including whalebone linen smoothers, iron helmets and precious amber.

Workshop at a Glance 

Level 3rd – 6th Class
Group size Designed for groups of 30 max
Due to the hands-on nature of this workshop we ask that three adults attend with each class.
Duration 75 mins
Location Viking Ireland Exhibition and Learning Resource Room, First Floor, National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology, Kildare Street.

Dates available:

Thursday 8th November : 10.30am
Tuesday 13th November : 10.30am
Thursday 29th November: 10.30am

This workshop will also be available during term-time January-June 2019. Please email bookingscb@museum.ie to enquire about availability in 2019.

Accessibility This workshop is not wheelchair accessible but if advance notice is given it 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

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 Science

Working Scientifically
Questioning/ Observing/ Analysing/ Materials


Receptiveness to Language
Competence and Confidence in using Language
Developing cognitive abilities through oral language



Learning Outcomes 

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