The exhibition "Voyagers. Going west with the Vikings"' takes you to the brutal, yet fascinating Viking Age!
In this exhibition, the Museum of Archaeology focuses on the people that the Rogaland Vikings encountered on their voyages to the British Isles, particularly those in Ireland.
In this exhibition, you will not only get to know rebellious warriors, but also learn about the lives of six women from Rogaland: Gudrun, Svåva, Svankvit, Herborg, Sigerlin and Niamh. A clairvoyant housewife, a finely-dressed lady from a family with important contacts, and a woman with a piece of jewellery that has a brutal history.
Viking Age burials
A central part of the exhibition are the new Viking Age burials, recently found in Rogaland, containing keenedged swords, golden buckles and brightly coloured glass beads! Classical artefacts from the Museum’s collections bear witness to daring raids. Gilded, decorated Irish book clasps, beads of jet and large penannular brooches tell of voyages westward over the sea, while silver treasure troves including Arabic coins are proof of Viking expeditions to the East.
The Viking Age was a brutal period: warriors fought for honour and the hope of eternal life at Odin’s table in Valhalla.