Orkney Hood
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Preserved by the anaerobic conditions of a peat bog, the Orkney Hood was found in obscure circumstances in 1867 near the farm of Groatsetter, Tankerness, in the parish of St Andrew's, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland. It was long presumed to be Viking, since the Orkney Isles, off the north-west coast of Scotland, were occupied by Norse settlers in the 9th century, becoming a Viking earldom, and remaining in Scandinavian hands until the 15th century. However, radiocarbon dating established prior to conservation of the hood in 1981 (published 2001), demonstrated that it wa…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Orkney Hood”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles. Consulted online on 20 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_487>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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