Fashioning the Viking Age - a new research project

Photo of Detail from Embroidery from
the Mammen grave, Viking Age.

Photo by Roberto Fortuna, National
Museum of Denmark

Archaeology Research Seminars: Presentation by Ulla Mannering, Charlotte Rimstad and Irene Skals, The National Museum of Denmark; Eva Andersson Strand, Centre for Textile Research, UCPH and Ida Demant, Land of Legends.


The aim of the project Fashioning the Viking Age is to create new and archaeologically well-founded interpretations and reconstructions of Viking Age clothing. The project is a cooperation between the National Museum of Denmark, Centre for Textile Research at UCPH and Land of Legends in Lejre. By combining the latest knowledge of Viking Age production of textile and skin in the Southern Scandinavia with analysis of chosen archaeological textiles and finds from burials, we will develop a new approach to disseminate textile, skin and clothing design to be used for exhibitions, teaching and in popular visualisations of the multifaceted life in the Viking Age. The project will give Danish textile research a renewed focus and impact, but will first and foremost result in a new visual and tactile understanding of textile production and clothing in the Viking Age that can be used in museums, in research, and by the broad public.

The project is made possible by a grant from the VELUX FOUNDATION and the National Museum of Denmark.

See all Archaeology Research Seminars during the fall semester (pdf)