I recommend to read as much books about the vikings as you can. You learn the most of them, in the beginning just as introduction, later on studies published in books won't hold you back end enlarge your knowledge.
A select catalogue is attached in the segment links/Books to read. However it would take a hundred well filled internet pages to name all the books, research reports etc. published until now, so therefore a select catalogue..
Vikings life and legend - The British Museum - 2014 (book accompanying the exhibtion in the BM).
note: this book shows lots of artefacts not published before end the newest insights on the vikings and archeologic research/outcome.
Masterpieces Early medieval art - The British Museum - 2012, chapter 5, the vikings and their neighbours, p. 226 - 285.
Viking Art, James Graham-Campbell, 2013 - truly THE book when it comes to recognizing and distinguishing the different viking art styles.
James Graham-Campbell is -
if not the - certainly one of the viking specialists and had written many books over the last virtually 45 years ! - also see The Viking World written by him and being actualised still over the years since publishing (1980)
Viking identities - Scandinavian Jewelry in England, Jane Kershaw, 2013
Where to buy genuine viking artefacts for sale:
Timeline Originals and Timeline Auctions (but be careful, a lot of non viking items being sold as 'viking') Though, at Timeline Auctions they do have sometimes interesting indeed viking items for sale!
A.G. and S. Gillis Specialistis in Ancient Coins and Antiquities
The Antiques Centre York
Dirk Kennis - Early Medieval Art
Faganarms - Antique Arms, armor and related items
You can also check out Ebay, but this needs a good knowlegde of "how an artefact should look, having lying underground for 1000(+) years". After years studying and seeing/judging thousands of artefacts one can have a judgment based on knowledge, but stay cautious ! In case of doubt (and even if considered it genuine) always get a second opnion (or even a third) of an expert if possible !
Musea ! Visit all the kind of musea if you can, in capital cities of Scandinavia, but also small musea in the countries. There is a lot to be seen !
A selection of musea :
a permanent exhibition on Vikings on Wieringen van be seen here:
The viking treasure of Wieringen (and viking artefact finds on Callantsoog and Dorestad) can be seen at the Rijks Museum van Oudheden in Leiden:
A permanent exhibition on the village of Dorestad and the artifacts found there can be seen in Dorestad:
The Historiehuis in Roermond exhibited some of my artefacts
as well did the museum Dorestad (Wijk bij Duurstede)
Also check out international travelling viking exhibitions, as there was in the Drents Musuem in Assen during:
Museums outside Holland I have published under the section " Useful links"
As stated before - I like your response and view on things ! Don't hesitate !
I'm a 45 year old man from The Hague, Holland and having this hobby for several years now, I'd like to show the world some of the intruiging world of the vikings through the eyes of a collector of their artifacts. People can always come in contact with me with remarks, questions about these artifacts and questions regarding the viking world in general.
Giving a swift, professional answer to your question, I hope to develop a knowledge and research
"longhouse" on the net, where everybody can join in and discuss viking matters ! I am confident we all can learn a lot more of each other on this behalf.
The section Useful links on the right gives an selection (not exhaustive !) list of:
- Musea outside Holland where one can see artifacts of vikings and how they lived;
- Books about vikings to read;
- Viking sites you can visit throughout Scandinavia, Iceland, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Germany. I have made an beginning and add places to visit in the course of time...
In the section Shop I intend to put one or two items for sale !
Attention: the artifacts under the section The Artifacts are not for sale.
On the lower left corner I have published a list of stores where one can find genuine viking artefacts for sale. The professional personnel of these companies will handle your request with care as they have a personal interest in the period based on many years experience.
Homepage about the vikings Holland:
The Viking Archaeology Blog is concerned with news reports featuring Viking period archaeology. It was primarily constructed as a source for the University of Oxford Online Course in Viking Archaeology
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
Viking Metal Researching Viking-Age metalwork from England and
Scandinavia is a blog from Jane Kershaw
(also see: where to find information about vikings)
Published in Holland:
De Vikingen, leven, mythen en kunst by Tony Allan (Dutch edition, 2004)
Vikingen ! Overvallen in het stroomgebied van Rijn en Maas, 800-1000, Annemarieke Willemsen (2004, Vikings ! - Raids in the Rhine/Meuse region 800-1000 (ISBN 90-5983-010-5)
Noormannen in de Lage Landen, handelaren, huurlingen en heersers. Luit van der Tuuk (2008) ISBN 978 90 5977 533 0
Dorestad; een wereldstad in de Middeleeuwen, Annemarieke Willemsen (2009) ISBN 978.90.5730.627.3
Published outside Holland ( a very slect catalogue !);
The Vikings by James Graham-Campbell and Dafydd Kidd (1980)
The Viking world, James Graham Campbell
Eyewitness Viking by Susan M. Margeson (1994, 2002, 2010)
What life was like - when longships sailed; ISBN 0-7835-5454-0
The Oxford Illustrated history of the Vikings by Peter Sawyer ISBN 978-0-19-285434-6
Top 10 books of Norse mythology:
Check out Amazon or BOL.COM or Ebay for all kind of viking books ! There are hundreds published the last 30/35 years, so .. ;>)
For some more alternative (antique) books (and also newer study books) about the viking (era) this website is an interesting one:
www.antikmakler.de (search for: " viking", " vikings" or " wikinger").
Avoiding the candlelight vikings - of course ! ;>)
Also check out the museumshops of the National Musea mentioned on books !
Musea outside Holland:
The British Museum:
watch for the Viking exhibition in 2014 (from March on) !
The Museum of London
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford
Jorvik (York) Viking Centre
National Museums Scotland:
The Orkney Museum:
National Museum of Ireland:
Hedeby Viking Museum:
Viking Museum Haithabu:
The National History Museum:
http://natmus.dk/en/ (note: the travelling Viking exhibition of Sweden had opened here June 22th 2013 !)
Nordjyllands Historiske Musem / Lindholm (Hoje) Museum:
Viking Ship Museum Roskilde:
Viking Museum at Moesgaard:
The National Museum of Iceland:
Here a permanent exhibition on (among other time periods) the vikings.
Museum of Cultural History in Oslo:
Beware: there are 2 museums in Oslo:
- The Viking Ship Museum
- The Historical Museum
The National Historic Museum of Sweden:
The National Museum of Finland:
The National Historical Museum:
Jelling (viking runic stones):
Sjellbro (viking age image stone)
Trelleborg (viking ring fortress):
Glavendrup (stone ship setting):
Roskilde (viking ships):
Ladby (viking ship):
Gokstad viking ship mound:
Oseberg viking ship mound
Borre viking mound cemetry:
Istrahagen site (the boat grave on the entrancepage I have made there).