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  • 5 March 2014, 8:02

Viking Warship On Show For First Time In UK

A Viking warship dating back 1,000 years is going on display in Britain for the first time.

Only 20% of Roskilde 6's timbers, which were excavated from the banks of Roskilde fjord in 1997, have survived.

It is on show as part of a new British Museum exhibition, alongside a steel replica of the ship in its heyday.

The ship dates back to around 1025 AD - a time which was the high point of the Viking Age when England, Denmark and Norway and possibly parts of Sweden were under the rule of Cnut the Great and it is believed Roskilde 6 was almost certainly a royal warship.

The exhibition will showcase the new discoveries the curators believe will change our understanding of Viking identity and belief, and learn more about their extraordinary shipbuilding skills.

Despite the often violent nature of Vikings, the museum also shows the rich culture and wealth of the people as well as their vast expansion from the Scandinavian homelands and contact with those from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean.

Swords, helmets, brooches and a gold neck ring are among the other artefacts on display.

Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, said it was time to look at Vikings again because of new discoveries.

"The reach and cultural connections of the Viking Age make it a remarkable story shared by many countries, not least here in the British Isles," he said.

"New discoveries and research have led to a wealth of new information about the Vikings so it is a perfect moment to look again at this critical era."

The exhibition opens on March 6 and will run until June 22.

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