Novgorod State Museum to exhibit a thousand-year-old treasure in London

The exhibition “Vikings: Life and Legend” will open at the British museum on March 5th

The exhibition “Vikings: Life and Legend” will open at the British museum on March 5th. The organisers intend to show the main stages in the era of Vikings in the VIII-XI centuries. The Russian Federation will be represented by Novgorod State Museum and State Museum of History (Moscow).

On Wednesday, one of Russia’s largest museums, the Novgorod State Museum, will present a treasure from the X-XI centuries that was found on the coast of Novgorod’s Lake Ilmen at the exhibition in the British Museum, the representative of the Novgorod museum told RIA Novosti. According to him, on March 5th, the British museum will start the exhibition “Vikings: Life and Legend”.

The organizers intend to show the main stages in the era of Vikings in the VIII-XI centuries. The main exhibit is the longest (over 37 meters) of the presently known Viking ships found in Denmark in 1996.

“At the London exhibition, the Novgorod museum will show 73 items from the treasure chest of jewelry discovered several years ago when plowing a field near the village of Liuboyezhi in Novgorod Region,” the museum representative said. It consisted of 112 decorations made of high-grade silver, partially gilded. Scientists believe that some items had Scandinavian origins, which indicates evidence of trading relations between ancient Novgorod and Scandinavia. Archeologists believe that the treasure found near Greater Novgorod is similar to the treasures discovered on the island of Gottland and in continental Sweden.

“The exhibition at the British Museum is going to become one of the main European events of the year in the field of culture. It will operate until June 22nd,” the Novgorod museum representative added.

This is the abridged version of the material first published on RIA Novosti

 

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