Vik­ing Cul­ture on Dis­play at Mel­bourne Mu­seum

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Mel­bourne Mu­seum is stag­ing “Vik­ings: Be­yond the Leg­end” from 23 March. Ex­plor­ing six themes, the ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides in­sights into Vik­ing peo­ple, their do­mes­tic life, re­li­gion, death rit­u­als, crafts­man­ship and raid­ing and trad­ing cul­ture. Com­bin­ing the lat­est ar­chae­o­log­i­cal find­ings and over 500 orig­i­nal arte­facts from the Swedish His­tory Mu­seum in Stock­holm, the ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tures weapons, jew­ellery, cloth­ing, house­hold tools, ce­ram­ics, game pieces, bones and mu­si­cal in­stru­ments. High­lights in­clude one of the finest Thor ham­mer pen­dants ever found, rune stones used to mark death and im­por­tant events, a 1000-year-old piece of bread, swords dat­ing from 700-1100 AD and even some co­pro­lite (fos­silised fae­ces) that has been used to de­ter­mine an­cient Vik­ing di­ets. Also on dis­play is the Kramp­macken, a 9-me­tre Vik­ing mer­chant boat found in Got­land Is­land in Swe­den and the pow­er­ful skele­tal re­mains of a Vik­ing ship—where only the orig­i­nal hand-forged Vik­ing nails re­main, cre­at­ing the ef­fect of a “ghost ship”. In­ter­ac­tive dis­plays, hands-on chal­lenges, maps, im­ages and filmic el­e­ments are other fea­tures of the ex­hi­bi­tion. From 23 March, daily 10am–5pm, Mel­bourne Mu­seum, 11 Ni­chol­son Street, Carl­ton. 13 11 02. mu­se­umsvic­to­­bourne­mu­seum/

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