Viking trade connected with Persian and Byzantine Empires

A new study by Marianne Vedeler, Associate Professor at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, shows that Norwegian Vikings enjoyed a brisk silk trade with the Persian and Byzantine Empires. The study was based partially on silk fragments found In an Oseberg ship. (photo)

The silk fragments were identified as Persian by motifs woven into the silk. The silk was cut into strips by the Vikings and used to adorn their clothing.

Vedeler also used manuscripts on silk production and trade along the Russian rivers as well as in the Byzantine and Persian Empires in her studies, leading to the conclusion that trade between the cultures was more comprehensive than earlier believed.