Vikings set to invade British Museum in 2014

LONDON (AP) — The biggest Viking ship ever found is coming to London as part of a major exhibition that aims to expand the popular image of the Scandinavian plunderers.

The 1,000-year-old, 37-meter (120-foot) wooden longboat discovered in Roskilde, Denmark, in 1997 is the centerpiece of “Vikings: Life and Legend,” which opens at the British Museum in March.

Curator Gareth Williams said Thursday the show would look at the Vikings’ skills as warriors and seafarers, but also their role as explorers, traders and creators of sophisticated culture.

Williams says it’s not surprising the Vikings’ violent side has been emphasized in accounts from countries they raided.

He says “if your monastery is being burned down, you don’t take time to admire the beautiful jewelry won by the people burning down your monastery.”

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