• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Using appropriate evidence, describe daily life in either Dublin or Waterford in the Viking Age.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Using appropriate evidence, describe daily life in either Dublin or Waterford in the Viking Age. The aim of this essay is to critically describe daily life in Viking Ireland in either Dublin or Waterford. For the purpose of this essay I will concentrate on Dublin, as there is a substantial amount of archaeological evidence that was found and excavated by archaeologists. It has been widely recognised from extensive archaeology excavations that Fishamble Street and Winetavern Street as well as High Street were pivotal centres in which the Vikings took residence and went about their daily life (Hall 1990, 25). This essay will look at many different aspects of Viking daily life in Dublin, including their occupational activity, the types of houses they lived in, their burials and the type of objects they traded on a regular basis. This essay will firstly deal with the houses and types of dwellings that the Vikings of Dublin were accustomed to. ...read more.

Middle

These craftsmen worked with not only the one style, but with many different ones. The Vikings of Dublin also manufactured broad arm rings. This would have mainly taken place for the circulation and storage if timber (Larsen 2001, 57-59). To illustrate the importance of amber working in Viking Age Dublin an amber workshop has been excavated. A wide range of objects have been uncovered including beads, pendants and rings (Clarke and Simms 1984, 136). For the most part they were highly influenced from outside sources (Hall 1990, 26). However the archaeological evidence of Dublin shows us that it was the metalworkers that were possibly one of the most common and important tradesmen. Tongs and hammers that were manufactured by smiths have been found in numerous burials in Kilmainham and Islandbridge (Hall 1990, 58). Also at a site known as Granby Row there have been other metal objects uncovered such as rivets, an iron spearhead and sword. ...read more.

Conclusion

However the most elaborate and decorative item found was that of the "Kilmainham brooch" (Larsen 2001, 72). It is widely thought that this item is definitely the "single richest Viking Age grave good from an Irish context" (Larsen 2001, 72). In conclusion this essay has discussed, analysed and described Viking daily life in Dublin. By using the appropriate archaeological evidence one can see how the Vikings of Dublin went about their routine on a daily basis. Also the main themes that this essay has included are that of the Vikings crafts that they done to make a living. This essay also looked at the type of houses, by taking into consideration their size and shape. When writing this essay I also looked at trade and the type of goods that the Dublin Vikings traded and treasured. Through excellent preservation of Viking graves at Islandbridge and Kilmainham this essay took a brief look at Viking graves and what their attitude was to what goods should be buried with males and females. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level James Joyce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level James Joyce essays

  1. Archaeology: Methods of Preservation (Tutankhamen & Iceman)

    In 1998 �tzi's body was transported to Bolzano (Italy)9, the move had to occur quickly to prevent another growth of fungi in the body. �tzi was soon rushed into the South Tyrol Museum, where a specially made display case was waiting; the ice-man is only put on display for a certain amount of time (12 hours)

  2. Ancient Discoveries: Troy. This report covers a brief historic background on the discovery of ...

    When Schliemann began excavating, there was no accepted practice existed for archaeological fieldwork.

  1. Mideival Outline Essay

    The land as the source of survival and wealth came in the possession of feudal landowners or lords. They gave their land as a fiefs to the vassals who in return provided military service. At the same time the few remaining free peasants became serfs, lost their land and personal freedom.

  2. The most important pre-requisite for a civilization to reach its Golden Age

    When law order is established, the government has more time and resources to focus on other aspects of growth and development such as in the promotion of arts and culture. This would effectively mean that given official or royal patronage of the arts, artists would be able to develop their craft and even explore different art forms and genres.

  1. Civilisation. In this essay, we shall attempt to examine the earliest examples of ...

    In early Egypt, at very least, l'estate c'est moi certainly applies; it is very likely so in the other cradles of civilisation, with justice being doled out by personal decision of the king or his adjutants, on a case-by-case basis.

  2. This paper is in response to the 2001 documentary, "Conquistadors: The Fall of The ...

    The presenter describes the temple as being filled with severed heads and painted with blood, causing Cortez to denounce it and requests to put a cross in it. To which Montezuma is offended, refuses and says he will not bring Cortez there again.

  1. Why did the West Saxons find it so difficult to deal with the Viking ...

    of 871 which was almost certainly due to the fact that the fyrd was completely divided. This meant that there was practically no defence system in place- making the West Saxons exposed and an easy target for the Viking?s who clearly would not be able to resist invasion.

  2. Why is establishing the date of the Theran eruption so important for the chronology ...

    Although there is some room for adjustment to this 150-year figure (see the discussion of Bietak's varying from 120 to 180 years given above), it is certain that even the smaller of these adjustments (120 years) would mean that Kenyon's date is no longer viable.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work