On this site the York Archaeological Trust discovered perfectly preserved remains of Viking York (Jorvik) encased in wet mud. The centre re-creates this world through a series of tableaux depicting markets, shops, streets scenes, and other aspects of daily life, including meal preparation and the ever-popular latrine scene.
The journey does not end there; after looking into these scenes from the past you can visit a re-creation of the archaeological dig, and discover how scientists interpreted the evidence they uncovered.
Watch how the Viking finds were carefully dug out of the mud, cleaned, and catalogued, then examine the actual items in a series of display exhibits. You can even strike your own coin using copies of coin dies found on the site.
The Jorvik Viking Centre can be combined with a visit to the adjoining Archaeological Resource Centre, which is open to school groups and to the general public during school holidays.
Note: The Jorvik Centre is very popular with visitors, and as a result there are often line-ups to purchase tickets during busy periods (i.e. summer and school holidays). Its worth the wait, but do be prepared for a possible wait to get in!
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A craftsman at work
England, YO1 9WT
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: off A19
Website: Jorvik Viking Centre
Phone: 01904 543 400
Fax: 01904 627 097
OS: SE605 517
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