History KS2 / KS3: Viking trade

The sights and smells of this city have changed little since it was known as Constantinople.

At the holy site of Aya Sofya he finds ancient runes etched into stone by a Viking who once came there – the equivalent of graffiti today.

In Sweden he uncovers evidence of a once thriving Viking settlement where goods from all over the world were traded and in Helgo he discovers an amazing collection of treasure which once belonged to a single Viking family.

These priceless objects show how far the Vikings had come since they ventured out on their first raids.

This is from the series Vikings.

Teacher Notes

Ask the children what they know about archaeology.

Build on this to provide an overview of what an archaeologist does and why.

Children could list the different types of evidence the archaeologist has used to find out about Viking trade.

They could go on to select which ones they would include in a museum display on Viking trade and create explanatory labels to go with them.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 and KS3 in England, Second Level (Scotland) and KS1, KS2 and KS3 in (Northern Ireland).

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