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Fibre samples for different analyses are taken with great care.


The project collaborates with a wide range of specialists in Denmark and abroad. Each in their way, they add important knowledge to the project and scientific communities in general.



  • Anne Batzer, Textile Dyer: Dyeing of textiles
  • Anne Lisbeth Schmidt, Conservator, National Museum of Denmark: Microscopy of skin and fur
  • Ariadne Kordella, Weaver, Poland: Tablet weaving
  • Arne Jouttijarvi, Materials Scientist, Heimdal-archaeometry: Analyses of iron and gold objects
  • Birgitte Kjelstrup, Textile Craftswoman: Sewing of garments
  • Carsten Gundlach, Physicist, Technical University of Denmark: CT scanning
  • Espen Kutschera, Skin Craftsman, Norway: Shoemaking
  • Fria Gemynthe, Textile Technician, Land of Legends: Dyeing of textiles and clothing items
  • Henriette Lyngstrøm, Archaeologist, SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen: Analyses of iron
  • Ida Rebekka Mikkelsen, student, University of Copenhagen: Model for the female outfit
  • Ina Vanden Berghe, Scientist at KIK-IRPA, Brussels: Dye analyses
  • Inger Heebøll, Ceramist, Land of Legends: Production of spindle whorls and loom weights.
  • Irene Skals, Conservator, Emerita: Fiber analyses
  • Jens Barnkob, Wood Craftsman: Production of spindles
  • Lise Ræder Knudsen, Conservator, Vejle Conservation Centre: Analyses and production of tablet weaves
  • Lone Bjørnskov-Bartholdy, Textile Craftswoman: Needlebinding
  • Lone Brøns Pedersen, Clothing Constructor: Construction patterns for the skin garments
  • Luise Ørsted Brandt, Archaeologist, National Museum of Denmark: Species identification of skin and fur
  • Mads Dengsø Jessen, Archaeologist, National Museum of Denmark: Model for the male outfit
  • Marie Wallenberg, Weaver, University of Gothenburg: Tablet weaving
  • Mette Stener Hoe, Sheep Breeder: Provider of Spelsau wool
  • Mia Lohse, Craftswoman: Wool preparation
  • Michelle Taube, Chemist, National Museum of Denmark: XRF-analysis and X-ray
  • Pernille Højfeld Nielsen, Student, University of Copenhagen: Student and intern
  • Roberto Fortuna, Photographer, National Museum of Denmark: Photo and documentation of objects
  • Signe Nygaard, Conservator, National Museum of Denmark: X-ray
  • Signe Vind, University of Copenhagen: Spinning and needle binding
  • Sigrid Mannering, Student, University of Copenhagen: Model for the female outfit
  • Søren Ravn, Wood Craftsman, Land of Legends: Production of “Mästermyr” chest and wood tools
  • Theresa Emmerich Kamper, Archaeologist, University of Exeter: Analyses of tanning methods and sewing of skin garments
  • Torben Sode, Conservator, Glass Bead Trading: Production of bead replicas
  • Ulla Lund Hansen, Archaeologist, Emerita: Analyses of the beads
  • Vivi Lena Andersen, Archaeologist, Museum of Copenhagen: Analyses of shoes
  • Volker Hilberg, Archaeologist, LandesmuseenSchlossGottorp: Textile samples from Hedeby
  • Åse Eriksen, Weaver, Bergen: Production of samite and silk tabby weaves

Cloth Cultures in and Beyond the Viking Age

Representatives from Centre for Textile Research at the University of Copenhagen, the National Museum of Denmark, University of Uppsala, the Swedish History Museum Stockholm and Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo have established the Scandinavian research network Cloth Cultures in and Beyond the Viking Age for front-line investigations and disseminations of scientific studies of clothing, household textiles, textiles for warfare and trade. The network offer state-of-the-art knowledge with analysis of material evidence as well as written sources, and a forum for discussion and dissemination.

Many Scandinavian research institutions, museums, universities and other arenas for dissemination possess each in their way knowledge about Viking Age textiles and clothing, craft technologies, and knowhow about the significance of textiles and textile production. The Network will unify this scattered research geographically, institutional and across disciplines. The main objective is to strengthen historical/archaeological textile research by sharing knowledge, and developing and integrating new theories and methods in this research field.

The participants are:

Eva Andersson Strand, Associate Professor
Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson, Senior Researcher
University of Uppsala and the Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

Ulla Mannering, Research Professor MSO
National Museum of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Amica Sundström,Senior Curator
The Swedish History Museum Stockholm, Sweden

Marianne Vedeler,Professor
Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway


Read more about the Network here

Cloth Cultures in and Beyond the Viking Age