The artifact in the National Museum that drew my attention the most was the skeleton in the Viking Exhibit. Morbid, I know, but there’s something about skulls and skeletons that really draws my attention! This particular skeleton was unearthed in 1934 and appeared to be a soldier of sorts as it was buried with a sword and dagger, which was shown with the skeleton as well. This skeleton dates back to the 9th century. Another skull was also shown in the Viking exhibit, showing a large hole in the head which was made from a sword or axe.
The skeleton was displayed promptly at the beginning of the exhibit and is the first thing you see when you walk in. It seems to display a fierceness which exemplifies the Vikings to a ‘T.’ The sword and dagger in the skeleton exhibit were extremely similar to other swords, daggers, and other weapons that were displayed throughout the exhibit as well. The skeleton and weapons were displayed prominently throughout the exhibit, suggesting the importance of warriors or soldiers to the Vikings and the early founding of Dublin.
Other weapons Vikings used included axes, spears, bows and arrows, and wooden shields. As wood easily breaks down overtime, the museum held mostly swords, axe-heads, spearheads, and arrowheads. According to this website, status was important in the type of weapon a Viking warrior used. The higher the status, the more iron used in the weapon so a sword would be used by a wealthy warrior and so on.