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Gotlandic Picture Stones depicting Ships


Despite archaeological finds of Viking Age ships, we are mainly dependant on contemporary illustrations for our knowledge of their sails and rigging.

Fortunately, a number of picture stones from the island of Gotland give us some information about the shape of the sails.

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Stora Hammars

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Stenkyrka

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Ardre VIII

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Tjängvide

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You might also like to look at the 'Picture-sources' page on the Vikingeskibsmusee website.

 

 


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