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Vikings

The day begins with a two hour talk, usually split in to two sessions of one hour each.
The introduction is entitled, ‘How do we know?’ It explains how and why we use evidence to understand the past, with reference being made to the period being studied.

The rest of the talk encompasses:

•    The land in which they lived; what it was like and how it differs to today
•    Dispelling myths and inaccuracies
•    The Viking as a:

  • Sailor
  • Trader
  • Raider
  • Settler
  • Farmer
  • Craftsman

The afternoon session is entirely practical, the students being split in to four groups, dressed in period costume, then taking part in a round of activities.

These include:

•    Making a clay pot
•    Playing a Viking game which can be taken home
•    Handling and drawing artefacts
•    Learning Viking spear drill and forming a ‘skealdberg’, the shield wall.

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