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David Ford, History Editor Ancient York
by David Nash Ford BA,
Editor, History on Britannia

Jorvik Viking Centre
In Coppergate

Jorvik Viking Centre, YorkJorvik (pronounced Yor-vick) was the old Norse name for the City of York, the capital of the northern Viking Kingdom. Excavations in Coppergate in the late 1970s, revealed so much about these people's forgotten way of life that it has been put on display to the public using the most innovative methods of heritage interpretation.

So much more than a museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre is a place that literally transports you back to the year AD 948 in a silently moving 'time car'. Magically recreated tableaux bring to life the sites, sounds and even smells of what it was really like in 10th century Jorvik. A visit to the city of York is not complete without a trip to Jorvik - but pick your time carefully: queues can be very long.

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