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Art & Manuscripts

Welcome to The Viking Age Compendium

The Viking Age Compendium contains our ongoing research into the material culture of Viking Age Britain. The Compendium details the kinds of items and clothing worn by people both living in or possibly visiting Britain between 800 and 1100AD. Currently our concentration is on Wargear, Clothing and Jewellery. Going forwards we hope to also add articles on Viking Age crafts as well as everyday items found in the home.

The articles found here are largely works in progress and so we have rated them out of 5, with 1 star being a planned article for the future and 5 stars being an article completed to the best of our current knowledge. If you are aware of any information that we have missed, or any errors we have made, please feel free to contact us at

The Compendium is divided into two main areas. The first is our collection of articles, some of these are more finished than others. The articles present information from finds, art and literature as well as a discussion section that summarises published opinions and theories.

The second area contains our catalogues. There you will find lists of finds and archaeologically important locations. We have attempted to include web links and bibliography information for every item to assist with your own research.

We hope that you find the information here helpful.

Gavin and Louise Archer

Research News

  • September, 2015 - Round Shield Designs:Research so far. More images to follow.
  • September, 2015 - Swords:Updated and corrected the typology chart. Still need to add some typology images.
  • September, 2015 - Hedeby Viking Museum:Photos from our recent trip to the Museum
  • August, 2015 - Bibliography: Complete reworking of citations and references - Ongoing!
  • July, 2015 - Bows: Updated following resent research.
  • July, 2015 - Stools, Benches and Chairs: Categorising types of Viking Age seating.
  • March, 2015 - The Battle of Hastings from Literature: A preliminary list of sources.
  • February, 2015 - Banners from Literature: Due to the volume of quotes we've decided to create a separate page.
  • January, 2015 - Banners: An overview of Banners from 800AD to 1200AD. Still a work in progress.
  • January, 2015 - Regia Anglorum Authenticity Guide: We've written a re-enactment guide for women, men and warriors from 793AD to 1215AD broken into 6 time periods.
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Featured Image

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Oval brooch from Hedeby
Click here to see other images from the Hedeby Museum


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Using the Compendium

Copyright books and images on this site
Article layouts
Evidence bias by area
Typologies, chronologies and catalogues
Completion Rating

Featured Work

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Authenticity Guide

Authenticity Guide written for the Regia Anglorum re-enactment society
A 108 page guide to recreating the clothing, jewellery and wargear of Britain between AD 793 to 1215. The guide was primarily written by the authors of the Viking Age Compendium.