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Historical Map of Europe, 1000 AD >> When I do some family history I read these names for country of birth...helps to visualize where the ancestors come from...

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Viking Swords at Stavanger Swords Monument-representing peace and unity-in memory of Harald the "Fairheaded" and the great battle of Hafrsfjord year 872 which united the kingdom of Norway. Sven's dad grew up here. Love it!

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L'Anse aux Meadows is an archaeological site on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland. Discovered in 1960, it is the only known site of a Norse or Viking village in Canada, and in North America outside of Greenland. The UNESCO World Heritage Site highlights Viking life in North America.

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Gala dress, Morin-Blossier, Paris, 1906 or 1907. Machine- and hand-sewn gullaméstoff (I couldn’t find a translation of this word), covered with silk tulle embroidered with metallic thread. Artificial diamonds and pearls, metal sequins, and gold fabric. Made for Queen Maud of Norway. National Museum for Art, Architecture, and Design, Norway

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The Viking Ship Museum houses three ships found in large burial mounds in the Oslo fjord region. The best-preserved Viking ships in existence, each contained a wealth of material, both decorative and utilitarian, dating back up to 1200 years.

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10 Amazing Viking Sites in Norway for Fans of Vikings - These incredible sites are in one the world's most beautiful places. Rich with history and legends.

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The three swords monument (Sverd i Fjell) at Hafrsfjord, Stavanger, Norway

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A unique sword fom the late Viking age, which was found back in 2011, is now on display at the historical museum in Oslo.

A unique sword fom the late Viking age, which was found back in 2011, is now on display at the historical museum in Oslo.

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Nordic Flags: interesting to see Orkney and Shetland Islands in there, reflective of their viking history

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