Viking Age Clothing

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Emma Groeneveld
by Wolfmann
published on 07 July 2018

Reconstructions of Viking Age clothing as found on display at the Archaeological Museum in Stavanger, Norway. The woman is wearing a white shift or underdress, a red overdress (hangerock or smokkr) and two characteristically Viking oval brooches - also known as tortoise brooches - linked by a chain to fasten her overdress. A spindle whorl hangs from her dress, too, here probably added to indicate the role Viking Age women played in textile production. Female graves from this period often contained spindle whorls. The man is wearing a tunic girded with a leather belt, and holds a sword.

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Wolfmann, . (2018, July 07). Viking Age Clothing. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Wolfmann, . "Viking Age Clothing." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified July 07, 2018.

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Wolfmann, . "Viking Age Clothing." World History Encyclopedia. World History Encyclopedia, 07 Jul 2018. Web. 28 Mar 2023.