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A Neglected Viking Burial with Beads from Kilmainham, Dublin, Discovered in 1847

A Neglected Viking Burial with Beads from Kilmainham, Dublin, Discovered in 1847

BRIGGS, C. S.

Medieval Archaeology, Vol.29 (1985)

Abstract

The discovery of a Viking-Age burial in the Kilmainham-Island bridge cemetery, Dublin, comprising skeleton, spear, sword-fragments and beads, is described from antiquarian MSS sources. The surviving pieces are detailed and the deposit tentatively dated to the late 9th or early tenth century. The grave-goods indicate one, possibly two, burials, one female. A brief survey o f similarpagan burials in the British Isles anda close examination of this one would suggest a mixed Irish-Scandinavian cultural milieu for it.

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