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National Museum of Ireland: Viking Ireland 2 – Weapons – The Sword

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Can we tell the difference between a Viking sword and an Irish one? And why would you x-ray a sword today?

Dr Andy Halpin, Assistant Keeper at the National Museum of Ireland, discusses the Museum’s newest Viking sword, discovered in the River Shannon near Banagher in 2012.

Carol Smith, Conservator at the National Museum, explains what x-rays can tell us about the structure and decoration of Viking swords.