Vikings "stole by the armload"

Sometimes Vikings are just Vikings. Studies of jewelry created by Viking artists show that objects gold and jewels used in the objects originated in the churches and monasteries of Ireland. Now Dr Griffin Murray of the Department of Archaeology at UCC asks that Irish loot be returned - in the form of a temporary exhibition.

Murray presented a paper at the 17th international Viking conference in the Shetland Islands, saying that church treasures were “taken by the armful” from the “soft targets” of the churches. “The church sites were targeted, in particular, because they were centres of wealth in a country that did not have towns. They were soft targets, you could say,” he said.