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I think this has some relevance to the discussion: Three different events depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry (11th century, Norman conquest of Britain) showing Norman longboats with shields on the sides of the boats : The boats without shields appear to be the ones either transporting horses or general stores. Explore The Bayeux Tapestry Online Who were the ...


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Yes, archaeological evidence strongly suggest that at least some warships did but, considering the vast numbers of ships that were built during the Viking age - and in many different locations - we cannot assume that all Viking Longboats had shields along the side as only a small percentage have been recovered. Further, it's hard to know in what situations ...


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Since you are asking for "arguments from both sides" I give you my arguments, without references, except some pictures of somewhat later period. It is unlikely that the shields were hanging outside as shown in many modern pictures, when traveling: A shield is a precious piece of equipment, if hanged overboard, it can be lost, and more importantly ...


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