Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Treasures from Orkney Viking burial grave to go on show at York Jorvik

An iron sword, gaming pieces and an arsenal of arrows from a set of antler bone carvings found next to corpses in Viking graves will be revealed by archaeologists in York this May.

The Jorvik Viking Centre has obtained the burial hoard from The Orkney Museum, which has held the remains since they were discovered alongside the bodies of an elderly woman, middle-aged man and a child on the island town of Scar in 1991.

Designed to follow the souls of the dead into the afterlife in a Viking boat grave, they were almost lost forever.

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