Viking Iron Fishing Hooks

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James Blake Wiener
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published on 12 December 2018
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The Vikings did not use fishing reels or poles. Instead, they tied hooks to a fishing line made from sheep, cow, or walrus intestines, then pulled the fish up by hand. On a small rowing boat out on the open ocean, this was a very dangerous and difficult task. These hooks date between c. 800-1000 CE and come from Norway. (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.)

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James Blake Wiener
James is a writer and former Professor of History. He holds an MA in World History with a particular interest in cross-cultural exchange and world history. He is a co-founder of World History Encyclopedia and formerly was its Communications Director.

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Wiener, J. B. (2018, December 12). Viking Iron Fishing Hooks. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9704/viking-iron-fishing-hooks/

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Wiener, James Blake. "Viking Iron Fishing Hooks." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified December 12, 2018. https://www.worldhistory.org/image/9704/viking-iron-fishing-hooks/.

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