Facial reconstructions of Vikings
Viking men were heavily tattooed, but their most striking and fearsome fashion statement was their gnashers. They would file horizontal lines into the enamel on their front teeth and paint in red resin. Gareth Williams (curator of the exhibition, Vikings: life and legend) says: “That’s like your punk sticking a safety pin through his nose. It would have been very uncomfortable and it’s quite deliberately saying ‘If I’m prepared to do this to myself, what am I going to do to you?
An important reminder: Vikings got around! This is a statue of Buddha, make in India during the 6th century CE, probably in the Swat Valley. But he was FOUND at the Iron Age settlement at Helgö in Uppland, Sweden! How did he get to Sweden? Perhaps he was transported along the Silk Road to Europe and then carried by a merchant as a gift; Helgö was a prosperous merchant town. But we should never forget that one of the most heroic epithets a Viking man or woman could carry was "Far Traveler"....
The Reconstructed head of a 5,500 year old man found a mile from Stonehenge in Wiltshire, UK. It is the most advanced reconstruction of a Neolithic man's face to date. 20-40 years of age, slender build, born about 5,500 years ago about 500 years before the circular ditch and banks at Stonehenge were built
Birka girl gets new life Print Here you can learn about a little girl who lived in the Viking town of Birka long ago. We are curious as to who she was. In the autumn of 2011 recreated sculptor Oscar Nilsson Birka girl's face at the Historical Museum. She has a permanent place in our Viking Exhibition and now reconstruction also got a name - Disa!