A tragedy of epic proportions.
February 9, 2014 10:11 PM Subscribe
posted by Mitheral (37 comments total)
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What tools did the Vikings use
to construct their ships? During the early years of the Song dynasty, while Sridhar Acharya's concept of "zero" was making it's way westward and a pair of anonymous Anglo-Saxon poets was committing the tale of Beowulf to animal skin, a Viking craftsman lost his tool chest. It is speculated that the chest fell overboard off a ship or through the ice into what was then a swamp on the modern island of Gotland, Sweden. The chest was unearthed in 1936
when a chain attached to the chest got caught on a farmer's plow. In it were the tools a Viking blacksmith/ship builder would need to ply his trade.
Named the Mästermyr chest its discovery was a boon to archaeologists, historians, re-enactors
, woodworkers and blacksmiths. The original tools
(catalogue of the items
) were restored and put on display. Numerous
copies and tributes
of the chest
or selected tools
have been made over the years including a complete replica
of both the chest and contents made using period techniques as a 'net project
of a blacksmiths and woodworkers.
The book The Mästermyr Find: A Viking Age Tool Chest from Gotland
is a detailed examination of the chest and contents.
Good pictures of the exterior of the original chest
approximately a 1/3rd of the way down this page.
While not concentrating solely on the Mästermyr chest the Viking Answer Lady page
is probably the best overview out of everything I linked so start there if you don't plan on perusing all the links.