A NEW exhibition in Museum nan Eilean, Benbecula, Hebridean Norsemen, explores the Norse period in the Outer Hebrides from the first arrival of the raiding Vikings to their settlement on the islands.
The exhibition charts changes in the daily life of the inhabitants of the islands, the importance of craft activities and the artistic and religious life of the immigrants.
Archaeological artefacts from a number of sites across the Outer Hebrides are exhibited, including finds from Cardiff University’s decade-long archaeological excavation at Bornish in South Uist.
Director of the excavations, Professor Niall Sharples, said: ‘It is a great pleasure to display a selection of the material recovered from Bornais, as they emphasise the importance of the Hebrides in the Viking world. There are a range of objects from regions as far apart as Norway and Greece, and much from near neighbours Ireland, England and Shetland.
‘The inhabitants of Bornais clearly included an important family that were of the highest rank in the Kingdom of Man and the Isles.’