Viking soapstone oil lamp (reproduction)Your model is disabled. For more details go to Edit properties3D Model
Every house would have had a hearth fire, which provided warmth and light. In addition, the Vikings used lamps. Lamps like these were one of the more common ways in which a Viking house would have been lit. Oil or animal fat would have been poured into the lamp and a wick would have been added, floating on the top. The lamp would then be suspended, likely from oneof the beams of the house. Not all lamps were made of soapstone, sometimes the Vikings used scallop shells.
Soapstone is very soft and esily carved. It is thought that the soapstone was hewn from the rock face and them carved into the vessels and lamps and sold. Soapstone lamps have been found wherever Vikings went.
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