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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