In the entrance of the Settlement Museum there were a few interactive activities, mostly geared towards children. One was a list of runic characters suggesting people could write their name in the runic “alphabet”, another was small models of the buildings from the area during the Viking Age to lay out on the table as they appeared on site, one was a Viking game Hnefatafl and then two more were on the computer.
While the first computer game was putting the order of building a long house in the order of construction, the second one was a bit more up my alley – selecting clothing and assigning it either to a 19th Century or 9th Century woman in Iceland.
The way the game is intended to be played means that you have to put an item on the character. In my reading so far it looks like Viking women in the British Isles wore headscarves, but heathen Viking Age women didn’t on a regular basis (by grave findings at least). Likewise, the underdress is trimmed at the hem – again my research thus far suggests that no trim at hems have been found. The necklace on the Viking Age woman is also unique, and lastly I haven’t seen research for sideless apron dresses as displayed in the game.
Minjasafn Reykjavíkur – The Settlement Exhibition – Reykjavik 871 +/- 2
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