Viking home life
Starting in York, once the Viking city of Jorvik, archaeologist Neil Oliver sets out to discover more about Viking home life as he challenges the myth that they were simply marauding, violent warriors in horned helmets. At Jarlshof in Shetland he finds evidence of an ancient Viking settlement including the remains of a farm and he’s shown some of the extraordinary artefacts found at the site. These reveal another side to Viking life – as peaceful farmers and highly skilled craftsmen. In Denmark he spends the night in a reconstructed longhouse to experience how the Vikings and their families survived the cold winter months.