Age of Viking in Latvia: An Exhibition

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 9 Mar 2015 until 31 Mar 2015
Time: All Day
Europe Direct Centre: Blanchardstown Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

From the 9th of March the Latvian Embassy, Blanchardstown  library and the Europe Direct Centre Blanchardstown will host an exhibition on “The Age of Vikings in Latvia” celebrating Latvian culture and marking Latvia as the current holders of the European Presidency.

The exhibition ” Age of Vikings in Latvia” combines images and texts showing the importance of inhabitants of Latvia in the context of northern and eastern Europe from the 7thto 12thcentury, revealing the richness of their culture and their  impact in the region, as well as contacts and interaction between the inhabitants of eastern Baltic and Scandinavia, thus confirming that Latvia is a significant part of the world with its own permanent importance. The exhibition uses written sources and archaeological evidence to reveal its theme.

The exhibition consists of four parts: I) Latvia: land, nation, country; II) Scandinavian written sources regarding eastern Baltic; III) Daugava trade route and Daugmale; IV) Archaeological evidence of Scandinavians in Latvia. The first part is an introduction which provides brief background information on Latvians and Latvia. The second part reveals the knowledge found in Scandinavian runic inscriptions, sagas and chronicles regarding the geography, ethnic structure, contacts and conflicts of the eastern Baltic. The third part presents one of the most significant eastern European trade routes – part of the route from the Varangians to the Greeks – the River Daugava, as well as the results of archaeological excavations in the urban settlement of Daugmale that served as the entrance and exit “pass” of the route. In addition, life of small Latvian nations is described. The fourth part introduces the archaeological complex of Scandinavian Grobiņa and Scandinavian antiquity finds in the Couronian, Livonian, Semigallian and other monuments.

The project was implemented by the National History Museum of Latvia. The scientific part of the exhibition “Age of Vikings in Latvia” was developed by Dr. Hist. Arnis Radiņš and the design part – by Ä¢irts Boronovskis.

For more information about this exhibition please contact the Europe Direct Centre on 01-8905563 or e-mail: