The great sea expeditions of the Viking Age - The basis of the great sea expeditions undertaken by the Vikings was ship technology. The Viking ship was a piece of high technology based upon hundreds of years of development and experience. It was distinguished by its narrow keel and shallow draught. This made even the largest ocean-going warships suitable for sailing onto beaches and up rivers. Such tactics enabled, for example, the siege of Paris to be carried out in the year 885.
Nordo-Celtic knot symbolizing the Drakkar longships paired with the central Icelandic Vegvisir ("sign post"), which is a type of late medieval bind-rune that was a magic sigil to prevent the bearer from getting "lost in the storm". The Vegvisir is often erroneously identified as a Viking-age rune.
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Jarlshof is the best known prehistoric archeological site in Shetland, Scotland. It lies near the southern tip of the Shetland Mainland and has been described as " one of the most remarkable archeological sites ever excavated in the British Isles ".