Etikettarkiv: vikings

Paint your house in the same colours as the vikings did

 

vikingetiden farver palette maling
Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre

Now, archaeologists and chemists from the National Museum of Demark have studied the colour use of the Viking era, and by means of chemical analyzes of color pigments on different findings and a collection of existing knowledge in the field, they have succeeded in finding out what the Viking colours looked like.

The colours are now available to everyone in the form of a colour palette, as archaeologists thought that others might also be interested in making use of the Viking colours. You can read more about the project on the National Museum’s website.

Read an article in Danish in videnskab.dk

What colours did the Vikings paint their houses?

Archaeologists in Denmark are busy building one of the largest experimental archaeology reconstruction projects. But what colours would the Vikings have used?

Reconstructed Viking Long-House

Photo: Sagnlandet Lejre

Did Vikings paint their houses white or red? Which colours were popular, and when?

These questions were the focus of a furious debate among researchers during a seminar entitled “Colourful Vikings” hosted by the Centre for Historical-Archaelogical Research and Communication in Denmark (as also known as Sagnlandet Lejre).

Archaeologists at Sagnlandet Lejre are currently reconstructing a full sized royal Viking hall.When finished, it will measure 60 metres long, be slightly oval shaped, and built from planks of oak. But exactly what colours the original hall was painted with, remains a mystery.

Source Science Nordic