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Jorvik Viking Festival: A taste of life under the sword
9:24am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
VIKINGS ancient and modern took the stage on the fourth day of the annual festival inspired by York’s former rulers.
York Archaeological Trust put some of the Viking artefacts it has found on display at Barley Hall, the scene of several events during the nine-day Jorvik Viking Festival.
Experts from the Trust were on hand to talk about the Viking items, what they were made of and what they were used for.
Across the city centre at a modern Viking encampment in Coppergate, children had the chance to be Viking warriors by dressing up and boarding a longship with a sword.
In a more reflective mood, they could listen to a traditional Viking form of entertainment, story-telling featuring ancient myths, gods and warriors and learn about the kind of life they would have led had they been alive when York was called Jorvik, more than a thousand years ago.