Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Viking Warships Sail in for British Museum Show

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Viking Warships Sail in for British Museum Show

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

NEW Viking discoveries never before seen in public go on show this week as the British Museum opens a major show on the famous pillagers.

The star exhibit is the surviving timbers of a 37-metre Viking warship, the largest in existence, on what is likely to be its only visit to the UK from Denmark where it was unearthed in 1997. Finds that have not been displayed before include a series of beheaded Viking skulls discovered in Weymouth, Dorset, in 2009, which demonstrate that they did not always win.

A smaller British version of the Danish ship which was found in 2011 is also on show for the first time. A minor Viking chief was buried with his sword, brooches and other valuables in Ardnamurchan in western Scotland. About 200 rivets of the boat survive.

Museum director Neil MacGregor said: "It's the local Scottish version of the royal Danish ship -- and the kind of burial that took place right the way to Russia. …

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