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Who was the woman in blue?

By Staff

  • The woman in blue The exhibition ‘Bundled up in Blue’ will open at the National Museum of Iceland on Saturday. It centres around bones and grave goods found in East Iceland in 1938. Photo/Daníel Rúnarsson

The exhibition ‘Bundled up in Blue’ will open at the National Museum of Iceland on Saturday. The exhibition is based on new research on bones and grave goods found in a settlement-era grave discovered in East Iceland in 1938.

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The grave was that of a young woman, most likely in her twenties, who was believed to have moved to Iceland from Scotland at the age of five or ten. She is thought to have died around 920. Buried with her were two silver brooches and an expensive pearl necklace. One of the brooches laid pressed up against the girl’s chin, amazingly preserving part of her skin, enabling researchers to determine her age, origin as well as other information which will be presented at the exhibition.

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The girl was dressed in traditional Viking dress, made from Icelandic wool and dyed indigo blue. The herbs used for colouring the dress were most likely imported from abroad. 

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