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Vikings traded for Persian silk


Silk fragments found in a burial mound suggest trade networks existed between the Norwegian Vikings and Persians.

In the Oseberg ship, which was excavated nearly a hundred years ago, more than one hundred small silk fragments were found. This is the oldest find of Viking Age silk in Norway.

At the time when the Oseberg silk was discovered, nobody conceived that it could have been imported from Persia. It was generally believed that most of it had been looted from churches and monasteries in England and Ireland.

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Story: Apollon | Photo: KHM- UiO

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