We write a lot about wool combs and at the markets, we explain and demonstrate how they were used. But what is the actual evidence for those tools?
There are many signs in nature that Equinox is fast approaching and the summer season is coming to an end. One of these signs, of course, is the ripening of fruits, be it in the garden or outside of it. Last weekend we left our home to find some of the wild fruits...
It doesn't matter whether it is for protection against wind and rain or for displaying one's wealth and status: The cloak is one of the most important parts of a man's dress in early medieval Europe. Direct archaeological finds, however, are rare and usually quite small. The following article explores some of the archaeological evidence from the Viking Age. It is most certainly not comprehensive, but gives a rough overview over some of the most important finds.
Our four weeks long Denmark tour started with a very quiet week in Hedeby. Unfortunately, neither of us had any motivation to take many pictures.
"As soon as their boats arrive at this port, each of them disembarks, taking with him bread and meat, onions, milk and nabidh, and he walks until he comes to a great wooden post stuck in the ground with a face like that of a man, and around it are little figures. Behind these images there are long wooden stakes driven into the ground."
A niddy noddy is a tool used in textile production. It can have different purposes, like storing the yarn in a practical manner or making it easier to dye. There are two Scandinavian places with Viking Age finds of niddy noddies: Oseberg/Norway and Hedeby/Germany (Viking Age: Denmark).
The last few months have passed without many updates but by no means without noteworthy crafts output. Some of them will get their very own blog entries, some will only be mentioned here briefly.
The raw wool contains everything left in there when the sheep is shorn. Including insects, flora and things from the stable floor.
In the times before industrial spinning mills, even before the first spinning wheels, wool and flax had to be spun with the drop spindle. Because the production of textile threads was an elemental part of the production of clothes, spinning can be seen as very important in the everyday life of the people.