Weights important tool in Viking trade

Much of the trade during the Viking Age was international in nature, leading merchants to depend on the balance weight scale and its weights as an important tool. In Ireland, these weights were often made of small, decorative items, apparently broken off of larger objects, usually from churches or monasteries.

Maria Panum Baastrup, PhD, of the National Museum of Denmark, recently published a feature story entitled Irish weights were a key Viking Age trading tool on the ScienceNordic website.

Irish weights have frequently been found in Scandinavia, leading experts to believe that there was "lively contact with foreign shores in the Viking Age."