Ships were at the heart of the Viking age for three hundred years. The shipwright was a master craftsman, building sleek clinker built ships able to traverse the stormy Atlantic or penetrate deep inland along barely navigable rivers as the Vikings raided deep into the heart of Europe. A wealth of buried and sunken ships from Oseberg, Gokstad and Roskilde has enabled us to reconstruct the tough, sturdy Knorr, a cargo ship able to cross oceans, and the fearsome Drakkar and Snaekkar, the famous longships which struck fear into the hearts of early medieval peoples from Ireland to Italy.

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