Viking treasure

For the classroom

Viking hoard


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© York Museums Trust

Cup that contained the hoard


The Carolingian cup in which the hoard was packed.

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Coin found in the hoard


One of the Islamic silver coins found in the hoard.

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Viking brooch


A cut-off fragment of a Viking brooch.

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Arm ring


A fragment of an arm ring from Russia which was found in the hoard.

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Silver coin of Athelstan


A silver coin of the Anglo-Saxon king Athelstan. The inscription runs clockwise from the cross at the top: EDELSTAN (the Anglo-Saxon spelling of his name) REX ('king' in Latin) TO BRIT ('of all of Britain' in Latin).

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Video: Viking trade

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC Class Clip on Viking trade: a 10 minute clip about Viking travel, trade and the religions the Vikings encountered.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/viking-trade/13969.html

Viking traders

Source: bbc.co.uk

Web page from BBC Primary History on Viking traders.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/trade_and_exploration/

Zoomable image of hoard

Source: bbc.co.uk

The Vale of York hoard from A History of the World in 100 Objects, with a zoomable image of the hoard that can be displayed full screen.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/Wx-OE7vcQRm4gI8fVlOpuw

Britain in the 10th century

Source: bbc.co.uk

BBC schools history pages that will help pupils discover what was happening in Britain around 927.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/anglo_saxons/what_happened_to_the_anglo-saxons/

Viking dress

Source: jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Viking dress: An article (in PDF format) with useful illustrations.

Visit the site http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Dress.pdf

Bangor bell

Source: bbc.co.uk

Information and a short video about the Bangor bell from BBC Northern Ireland.

Visit the site http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/vIILS3pVQIuideV0tFwqKA

Outside the classroom

Here are some relevant museums and sites to visit.

Yorkshire Museum

Source: yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Visit the site http://www.yorkshiremuseum.org.uk

Lindisfarne Priory

Source: english-heritage.org

Visit the site http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/lindisfarne-priory/

Jorvik Viking Centre

Source: jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk

Visit the site http://jorvik-viking-centre.co.uk/

Armargh County Museum

Source: nmni.com/acm

Visit the site http://www.nmni.com/acm/Collections/Human-History/Pre-History/The-Vikings

North Down Museum

Source: northdownmuseum.com

Visit the site http://www.northdownmuseum.com/

National Museum of Scotland

Source: nms.ac.uk

Visit the site http://www.nms.ac.uk/national-museum-of-scotland/

British Museum

Source: britishmuseum.org

Visit the site https://www.britishmuseum.org

Viking treasure