RAM Vikings – Textile tools

Viking age needles, spindle whorls, and loom weights from the RAM exhibit

Viking age needles, spindle whorls, and loom weights from the RAM exhibit

In May 2019 I visited Edmonton and the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM) to see the touring Viking Exhibit from Denmark.

Yes…. 2019… and I’m only getting around to sharing them now. I must have gotten busy, and then – well, kind of forgot about the photos I guess.

I have a bunch of photos to share from this exhibit, which I’ll publish over the next few… weeks? Months? Depends on how long it takes and how much energy I have to edit photos and write.

Smoothing stones and spindle whorls from the Viking Age exhibit at the RAM

Smoothing stones and spindle whorls from the Viking Age exhibit at the RAM

Textile tools

The first photos I’ll share are the textile tools from the display.

These included:

  • Spindle whorls of stone, amber, bronze, and then another one made of stone (L-R). These were from Vranum, Denmark which is close to Viborg.
  • Textile smoothers of glass and stone assumed to have been used to smooth linen. These were from Zealand, Denmark.
  • Sewing needles made of bone. These were from Zealand, Denmark
  • Loom weights made of clay. These were from Jutland, Denmark
  • Also included in this textile display was a bone comb which was found on the island of Föhr, Germany.

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