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CLIP 133

Viking place names

Viking place names

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Key Info
  • Viking place names
  • Duration: 00:49
  • Presenter Paul Coia travels by car around Britain, and explains many British towns were given names by the Vikings - evidence they came to settle as well as to raid and fight. For example, 'by' is the Viking word for settlement, so place names ending in 'by' like Selby indicate a place where the Vikings settled. York is another Viking name, and 1,100 years ago it was the largest Viking settlement in the world.
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  • Keywords: road signs, Selby, York, settlement, by, Vikings, place names, law-abiding
Ideas for use in class
  • Use this clip to explain how the Vikings still influence us today and how they were more than just invaders and great warriors.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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