Posted in Unit 13 (Final Major Project)

Unit 13 – Primary Research – The Manchester Museum

The museum is rich and full of artefacts throughout the ages – I will definitely find something that will help with my project. However, Manchester museum is full of Roman and Egyptian artefacts and lack in Vikings artefacts. I had to improvise and somehow link the items I have found to my project; could you see this item being used by the Vikings?; how would you link this item to your project?; if you were to use this item in your product, how would you change it to fit the Viking era?. All good questions to be asked.

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Zulu’s were not the only ones to use spears, the Vikings using them also in battle. From research I found out that there were Vikings who specialised in throwing spears, sometimes using one spear and sometimes using two (depending on how skilled they were). In some cases the Vikings — if their enemy threw a spear at them — could grab it and then throw it back with ease. Why I took a picture of these spears was to give me inspiration for when I create my own spears, playing around with the shape, style, pattern.

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It has been well documented that the Vikings used axes during their reign, so finding an axe in the museum was very helpful. I will use this picture as a reference for when I create my own axe, maybe for Gunnar or Elmer

 

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I then moved onto the Roman section of the museum, luckily coming across swords from that era. Why it is a good thing I found artefacts from this era is due to the Viking era being so close to this time. Comparing both swords from the Norsemen and the Romans, they were both very similar in style, though the Vikings swords were very personalised – if they were rich enough to afford it.

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This was an additional feature I wanted to look at. Though it isn’t that big for my project, it was very interesting netherless. What we are looking at is an arm band from the middle ages. Arm bands were very popular to the Vikings, giving them to people they were close too. My character, Elmer, will have an arm band also, gifted to him from his late master Gunnar Baardsen, who then becomes his friend. It is not drastic to the story, but it is a nice touch

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These coins were the only item in the museum that had direct connection to our Norsemen. Just like all cultures in the middle ages, their coins were small, but what is different about their coins – compared to other cultures – is they contained images of Thor. Coins during this time typically had an engraved image of the leader. Wessex, when King Alfred was around, had engravings of him on the metal, probably to diffrentiate.

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