Viking arm ring; 876-950; found in the English Channel. Arm-ring formed of four gold rods plaited together; these are of circular section tapering towards their ends which are bound with gold wire and fused into a plain bi-conical knop; one end has sprung apart at this point. Its abraded surface condition obscured the detail of the nicking, which is present, but cannot be accurately counted. Medium: gold; plaited, bound.
The great sea expeditions of the Viking Age - The basis of the great sea expeditions undertaken by the Vikings was ship technology. The Viking ship was a piece of high technology based upon hundreds of years of development and experience. It was distinguished by its narrow keel and shallow draught. This made even the largest ocean-going warships suitable for sailing onto beaches and up rivers. Such tactics enabled, for example, the siege of Paris to be carried out in the year 885.