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Viking Age Studies

Goal: To better understand the history of the Viking Age, the Norse Peoples of the Viking age, and the peoples they interacted with.

Material posted in this project will either be by me or material referencing me. This is an ongoing project as it is a primary field of study for me.

Date: 29 April 2002

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Kirstina D Williams
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To better understand the history of the Viking Age, the Norse Peoples of the Viking age, and the peoples they interacted with.
Material posted in this project will either be by me or material referencing me. This is an ongoing project as it is a primary field of study for me.
 
Kirstina D Williams
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During the Viking Age, a number of women’s head adornment accessories were in fashion including scarfs, woven headbands, caps and hoods. In the Norse settlement located at what is now Dublin, Ireland a distinctive hood-styled cap made from a small rectangle folded in half lengthwise and sewn up the back edge was popular. A point at the rear crown of the cap (rather than rounding the rear off to fit to the skull) seems to be unique to Dublin, while similar (rounded) versions have also be found throughout other parts of the British Isles .
Tablet woven bands were widely used to embellish various garments and even in some cases worn alone as a headband throughout the Viking Age. Numerous surviving examples have been found at Viking Age Norse archeological sites all throughout Europe including (but not limited to) Scandinavia, the European Mainland, and the British Isles. Considering this, I thought that I should try my hand at learning how to do some basic tablet weaving and have created a thin band of weaving with a basic chevron design. I will use this band (and more in the future as my skills build) to further embellish the period costumes I create and create a more authentic look and feel.
By plotting out the locations of individual bead finds in the region, analyses were made to determine if there were any specific geographic patterns and/or connections concerning these different finds based on a number of factors. Bead finds analyzed were found to be relatively spread across the whole of the region and warrant further analysis.