Monuments in England Re-Purposed by Vikings

Interesting blog article about how Vikings re-purposed and re-cycled sites, stones and objects during their time in England. Sites included burial mounds even as old as from the Bronze Age. Stones were moved and/or re-chiseled. And weapons, silver and jewelry found we often re-purposed with additions distinctly Viking culture.

It is though that especially the re-use of older burial sites can have been a way for the Vikings to create a link with past rulers, and thus helping them to legitimize their own  claim to the lands. As much of England had converted to Christianity by the time of the Viking invasions, this may also have played a role in the Viking’s choice of burial sites.

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