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The ‘Hebridean Norsemen’ covers the period of the first arrival of the raiding Vikings to their settlement on the islands, charting 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 islands are on show, including finds from Cardiff University’s decade long archaeological excavation at Bornish in South Uist.

 

The 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 that come 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.”

 

Finds from 30 years of digs Iain Crawford at Udal, in North Uist which are a part of the Museum nan Eilean collections are also exhibited.

 

In addition, there are a small number of artefacts from the Kilphedar excavations.

 

Kevin Murphy, archaeologist for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: ‘’This exhibition provides a look at life in the Outer Hebrides during the Norse Period- what people farmed and ate, what they wore , the type of work they carried out and their links to the wider Norse world.

 

“The artefacts come from all over the islands and show a distinct cultural identity, in contrast to the earlier society and will be of great interest to the public and scholars alike.’’

 

A special event for the local community to come along for a private viewing will be held on Wednesday 21 June from 5-6pm.  

Hebridean Norsemen exhibition explores Viking impact on the islands

13 June 2017

Mouth of drinking flask

 

 

A new exhibition in Museum nan Eilean, Benbecula, explores the Norse period in the Outer Hebrides.