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Information for teachers

The Viking Town is a place presenting a lot of history that can be used for teaching in a number of ways. Try to utilise the time spent in the Viking Town to do a bit more than the Viking-led activities during your visit.

Preparing the class of the history in the area around Foteviken Museum. Before Harald Bluetooth introduced Christianity a so called "Vi", a holy sacrifical grove, or perhaps even a pagan temple, was located near the town. This was likely torn down on Harald's orders. Instead a wooden church was constructed next to the current day Viking Town. The kings demesne was located nearby as well. The winter harbor of the Scanian warfleet was located within the bay of Foteviken.

On the museum home page we will publish many texts and articled about Scanian history and the history around Foteviken. You may use this material to prepare the class ahead of the visit. Let the class work with different questions regarding the Viking Age and Foteviken, like:

  • Which pagan gods were likely worshipped at Foteviken, and how did the pagan cult work?
  • How could King Harald introduce a new religion? Would not the people protest?
  • How did a wooden christan church look?
  • What is a ledung fleet and how were warriors assembled for the ships?
  • How did viking ships look?
  • Where was the wood and materials for the ships obtained, and where did the iron come from to assemble the many wooden planks into a ship?
  • Who was really King Harald Bluetooth?
  • While you are at it, tell a bit about his son Sweyn Forkbeard?
  • How would the viking age royal demesne have looked?

A tip for you as a teacher is to browse Wikipedia. Here we from Foteviken along with other Viking Age experts have assembled facts and material that may be useful to know. A few example pages:

During your visit in the Viking Town we wish for you as teachers to help out and act as Viking assistants during the various activities. It is also useful if you have asked the pupils to be obvservant of the various small details within the Viking Town. How are the walls made, what tools may have been used during construction of buildings, how are the buildings decorated, what objects are found inside, how do various things work? Pupils should be history detectives to understand that you must be curious and ask and seek answers by asking, talking and thinking.

Foteviken Kulturcenter

Aside from Foteviken Museum the concept Kulturcenter includes Höllvikens community centre, Foteviken holiday village, the restaurant Den Fede Gåsen and the Handicraft Institute of Scania. Click here for more information.


Föreningen SVEG
Friluftsmuseerna
Vellinge kommun
EXARC
Follow the Vikings
IMTAL
Destination Viking
Skånes Hantverksinstitut
Medborgarskolan