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Exhibition design: Viking era treasures from Estonia

From the exhibition: The Viking Age is known primarily for raids by warriors and sailors who sailed west from Scandinavia. These raids left a mark on European history, but the Vikings also travelled to eastern lands where they engaged mainly in trade.


Near the southern coast of Finland lay the Austrvegr, the Way to the East, an important Viking trade route connecting Scandinavia to the Arab caliphate. No Viking could have sailed to northwest Russia, Byzantium or the Islamic world without encountering the Baltic Finnic-speaking inhabitants of the north Estonian coastline. On the way to the Caspian and the Black Sea, the Vikings had to stop in harbours protected by the hillforts of Rävala and Viru counties.


Silver valuables found in north Estonia also indicate trade relations with other peoples who lived near the Austrvegr. Silver was traded in exchange for furs and slaves, but the main export at that time was iron smelted from bog ore.


The Estonian Maritime Museum and the Tallinn University Archaeology Research Collection have put together an exhibition presenting, for the first time, rare new Viking Age artefacts from north Estonia. Together with previous finds, they help us see this important period in a new light.



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Curators: Mauri Kiudsoo (Tallinn University), Priit Lätti
Consultants: Andres Tvauri (University of Tartu), Ester Oras (University of Tartu)
Project manager: Herke Vaarmann
Language editing and translations: Hille Saluäär, Refiner Translations
Educational programme: Helene Urva, Eva Ronk, Liilia Buschmann
Exhibition marketing and communication: Kristi Hürri
Architectural design: Mari Hunt, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader (b210)
Graphic design: Kadri-Maria Mitt, Robi Jõeleht (Polaar Studio)
Conservator: Aive Viljus (Tallinn University)
Replicas: Edvards Puciriuss
Illustrations for animations and the timeline: Roman Matkiewicz
Animations: Eerik Kändler (Meem)
Programming: Tarmo Tõnnus (Avision)
Exhibition installation: Villu Plink
Printing: Digiprint
Construction: Siltau Systems
Lighting: Eventech


Photos: Aron Urb

25. septembrist 2013 24. septembrini 2014 aitas OÜ-l b210 põhivara ja rakendustarkvara soetada Ettevõtluse Arendamise Sihtasutuse alustava ettevõtja starditoetuse programm.