Well-Pressed Vikings

Daily Record: Excavations in Scotland have revealed that pillaging Vikings were conscious of their appearance and ironed their clothes. Dr. Euan MacKie of Glasgow University has discovered evidence that Viking raiders regularly ironed their clothing. Smoothing balls, whalebone and ironing boards, dating from the time of the Norse immigration, have been found throughout the north of Scotland. Most were found in women's burial sites, leading archaeologists to believe that women did most of the ironing. The artifacts match similar equipment used in Norway as late as the 19th century.

"It is probably right to say Vikings introduced ironing to Scotland, says Dr. MacKie."The archaeological findings from before the Viking era have produced no evidence of similar activity."