Preceding Roman contact, the Nordic Bronze Age (1800–600 BC) in Denmark was characterised by burial mounds, containing a variety of artefacts. Later Roman provinces maintained trade routes and relations with native tribes in Denmark, and evidence of strong Celtic cultural influence can be seen from this period. Tribal groups colonised areas of Britain including the Jutes and Angles as well as the Saxons of Northern Germany. Following this the Danish Vikings were very active in Southeast Britain and Northwest Europe conquering significant areas of England. Viking art is recognised by its characteristic knotted designs of intricate curves, commonly found in carved wood or bone (and later stone through possible Christian influence). However the knowledge of Viking decorative aesthetics mostly relies of surviving examples of metalwork, commonly in both male and female jewellery, weaponry, grave goods and hoards. The Danish Vikings were christianised around 965 leading to many interesting syncretic artefacts, Viking motifs and imagery remaining surreptitiously among Christian imagery.

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