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
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