This unit is a study of the Viking culture during the period of AD 790 – c.1066. Students will explore the way of life of the Viking societies of this period, focusing on cultural elements such as social and political structures, the role of religion and the economic foundations of the Viking people. Students will also look at the reasons for Viking expansion and the impact of the Viking invasions of England and Northern Europe. The topic will explore written evidence from primary and secondary sources as well as a range of archaeological evidence of weaponry, shipbuilding and manufacturing technology. The Depth Study will ask students to look closely at how the Viking culture is a clear example of the move from the Ancient to the Modern World as it clearly shows the effects of contact between cultures and the improvement in manufacturing and technological skills.
During this unit, students will gain an understanding of the society of Ancient Egypt while developing inquiry skills. Students will identify primary and secondary sources and evaluate their usefulness to a particular historical inquiry.