v i k i ng | living and working in Jorvik

The name ‘Viking’ comes from a language called ‘Old Norse’. It means ‘a pirate raid’. People who went off raiding in ships were said to be ‘going Viking’. But not all the Vikings were bloodthirsty warriors.

Some came to fight, but others came peacefully, to settle. They were farmers, and kept animals and grew crops. They were skilful at crafting, and made beautiful metalwork and wooden carvings.

The Vikings mostly settled in the Danelaw, to the north and east of England. The Danelaw covered an area east of their line joining London and Chester. Everything to the east belonged to the Vikings.

Welcome to York’s own Viking Village…read on

The most important city in the Danelaw was the city of York, or ‘Jorvik’. Over 10,000 people lived there and it was an important place to trade goods.

At Murton Park we found the Danelaw villagers, living daily life as it would of been over a thousand years ago. They live and work in the buildings as they would have done in everyday life.

We met the wise woman of the village who tends her garden, growing all kinds of plants to help, medicines and food, but beware – she knows which plants heal and which ones harm so make sure you keep her sweet! The Villagers talk about how life has changed and yet how much is the same today. They build, grow, spin, sew, weave, cook, work and play and living in a Danelaw Village. (1) Gragas Textiles | Kingston upon Hull | Facebook

This museum is amazing. You do get a feeling of what life would have been like. The beautifully recreated homes and work areas, the gardens and Hall. Shields, pottery and smells, all take you back to a time when life was very different.

The Village
The Hall

Although not an investigation, this was research. We should all know our history and the history of our famous Jorvik. Danelaw Villagers – Murton Park | York Visitor Attraction

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