Before and after the Viking raids on Lindisfarne

Featured in Assassins Creed, Last Kingdom, and Vikings, the tiny island of Lindisfarne was the site of one of the first Viking raids on the British Isles.

At the time, it was home to a wealthy, undefended monastery which was famous for producing beautiful sculptures and metalwork, and became a major destination for pilgrims.

This animation shows you what the island would have looked like when Vikings attacked, and some of the real archaeological remains that have been discovered over the last few years.

It’s all based on crowdfunded archaeological excavations carried out by DigVentures and Durham Unviersity. Thanks to all the DigVentures crowdfunders and subscribers who made it possible!

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Written by Maiya Pina-Dacier

Head of Community at DigVentures, Maiya digs with a trowel in one hand, and a Twitter feed in the other. She reports on all our discoveries live from the trenches, and keeps our Site Hut full of the latest archaeology news. Got a story? Just drop her a line...

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