This book is the coming together of several disciplines under the thematic umbrella of Viking Camps and provides the very latest research presented by the leading researchers in the field, making it the most comprehensive compilation of the phenomenon of Viking camps to date.
Compiling the current state of research on encampments across the Viking world and their impact on their surroundings, this volume provides an all-encompassing analysis of their characteristics—functions, form, inner workings, and interaction with the landscape and the local population. It initiates a wider discussion on the features and functions that define them, making it possible to identify and understand new sites, also broadening the geographical scope. Sites in Ireland, England, Sweden, Frankia, and Iberia are presented and explored, allowing the reader to understand the camp phenomenon from a comparative, more inclusive perspective. The combination of geographically bound case-studies and in-depth analyses of specific themes, such as economy and religion, bring together an abundance of methodologies and approaches. The volume introduces new interdisciplinary approaches to define and identify Viking encampment sites, combining archaeology, historical documents, metal detecting, landscape analysis, and toponymic research. It builds the methodological foundations for future research on Viking camps, the armies inhabiting them, and their interaction with the surrounding world.
Viking Camps contributes to a better understanding of the functioning of Viking expeditionary groups, both on campaign and during the early stages of settlement, and will be of use to researchers in Viking archaeology, history, and Viking Studies.
Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and Irene García Losquiño
Chapter 1 Setting a new place for winter camps. An Introduction
Chapter 2 Viking Camps: a historiographical overview
Chapter 3 The Vikings at Repton: wintersetl og mindesmærke
winter camp and place of memory
Chapter 4 Beyond the D-shaped enclosure: winter camps of the Viking Great Army in England
Dawn M. Hadley and Julian D. Richards
Chapter 5 The Viking Great Army North of the Tyne: A Viking camp in Northumberland?
Jane Kershaw, Catrine Jarman, Henry Weber and Mark Horton
Chapter 6. Viking military camps in early tenth century Ireland
Chapter 7. The Woodstown Enigma.
A discussion of the ninth and tenth century Viking Winter Camps at Woodstown, Co. Waterford, Ireland.
8. Hostile in Tent.
Reconsidering the Roles of Viking Encampment across the Frankish Realm
Chapter 9. Viking Wintering in Frankish Territory
Chapter 10. The Viking Camps of Medieval Iberia
Irene García Losquiño
Chapter 11. Between the Winter Camps: Logistics of the Viking Great Army
Chapter 12. Viking camps and trading sites in Britain and Ireland: defences, functions and definitions
Chapter13. The Religious Life of Viking Armies
Chapter 14. Pirate utopias? Viking camps and aspirational polities
Chapter 15. Not a camp but a garrison: martial life ‘at home’
Chapter 16. Viking camps, an economic interpretation