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The Medieval era isn’t lacking in the cultural production and innovation, I think people just look at some of the basic Christian artworks and assume that’s it. The Viking time frame had some of the best pieces come from it with the Oseberg ship, and Stave churches. I think the term “Dark Ages’ may be coming more from history rather than the art or lack of it. Some of the art pieces do have more muted tones, and the churches are a lot darker in color and on the inside as well compared to the other churches we’ve seen, but that doesn’t seem like enough to really get the “Dark Ages’ name. The time period could’ve led to the destruction of more of their pieces like we saw during the iconoclasm.