The Viking period spanned the 8th to 11th centuries and centered on the Scandinavian countries, although the Vikings had cultural ties around the world.
We owe much of our knowledge of Viking dress to archeological finds and the metal objects found in graves and associated sites. One of the types of brooches found, was a three-lobed, or trefoil, brooch. This was thought to have closed either a cloak or gown at the neck. Vikings could have adopted this from a Carolingian belt-fitting of a similar shape. Fantastic animals decorate the surface, frequently in the Borre style.
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The period after the “Fall of Rome” until the rise of the proto-nation states is a time of migration and cultural upheaval. It was also a time of intense creative artistic expression in every day objects. Many of these goods made their way into Vendel era (550-793) graves found in Sweden. Helmets, probably based on late Roman models, are found in high status male graves. These helmets were decorated silver foil plates that depicted helmed warriors in richly decorated bands.
These new designs illustrate some of these centuries-old figures, some taken from the grave finds in Torslunda. You can find them on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other gift items.
Vendel Period design from Torslunda
Viking rider from Vendel Period helmet