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  • During Anglo-Saxon times, making clothes, spinning and weaving were among the main activities of women. About eight miles of hand-spun thread were needed to make a single Anglo-Saxon tunic.
  • The name Wales is thought to derive from the Anglo-Saxon word 'Wealas' meaning foreigners.
  • The Vikings loved to decorate their longships with wooden carvings. The head of a fearsome creature like a snake or dragon was put at the front to scare off enemies, including supposed sea monsters. 
  • Most Viking silver found in Wales has been discovered in coastal areas.
  • Vikings didn't wear horned helmets! The only authentic Viking helmet ever discovered is completely horn-free. Artists seem to have made up the horned helmet idea in the 19th century.
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