Large Viking winter camp found in England

Archaeologists discovered a winter camp of the Viking army, in Torksey, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom. The camp was used by Scandinavian raiders that came in 9th century to England to conquer the land.

Location of the Viking winter camp (by Heritage Daily)

The camp, found on the banks of the River Trent, is believed to have been used as the Vikings’ defensive and strategic position during the winter months. It is now thought to be at least 55 hectares in size, bigger than many towns and cities of the time, including York. According to archaeologists the camp was used by thousands of Viking warriors, women and children who lived there temporarily in tents. The site was also used to repair ships, melt down stolen loot, manufacture, trade and play games. Experts state that the camp was a huge base, larger than most contemporary towns, complete with traders, families, feasting, and entertainment. There have also been more than a thousand finds by metal detectorists and archaeologists, including over 300 coins, including over 100 Arabic silver coins. Metal detectorists have also found more than 300 lead game pieces, suggesting the Vikings, including, women and children, were spending a lot of time playing games to pass the time, waiting for spring and the start of their next offensive. Previous to 9th century the Vikings returned to Scandinavia in winter, but by establishing this camp they sent out a very clear message that they now planned not only to loot and raid – but to control and conquer.

(after Heritage Daily)

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