Viking long house with a stone-lined hearth in the middle. A fire was kept for cooking and heating and the smoke escaped through a hole in the roof. The hall was often smoky and smelly. The floor of the hall was made of hard-packed earth, covered with ree
welkinlions: Bears are slow to anger, but when finally provoked, can be devastatingly deadly. Northern European warriors often invoked bear totems before going into battle, even dressing in bear skins, and fighting furiously.
Replica Mästermyr chest with amazing period artistic flare added. The Mästermyr chest is a Viking Age tool chest found in the Mästermyr mire west of Hemse on the island of Gotland, Sweden. It is the largest tool find from that era in Europe.
Lombard/Langobardic Cups To the left of the glass ceramic stamped Lombard (necropolis Gallo - end of the sixth century), on the right flask ceramic light gray stamped (Jewish Necropolis - end of the sixth century). Image taken from Menis GC, Lombard Italy, Venice, 1991 http://archeologiamedievale.unisi.it/SitoCNR/Ceramica/AM/AM104h.html