1st Edition

Vikings Across Boundaries Viking-Age Transformations – Volume II

    376 Pages 46 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    352 Pages 46 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    328 Pages 46 Color & 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume explores the changes that occurred during the Viking Age, as Scandinavian societies fell in line with the larger forces that dominated the Insular world and Continental Europe, absorbing the powerful symbiosis of Christianity and monarchy, adapting to the idea of royal lineage and supremacy, and developing a buzzing urbanism coupled with large-scale trade networks. Presenting research on the grand context of the Viking Age alongside localised studies, it contributes to the furthering of collaborations between local and ‘outsider’ research on the Viking Age. Through a diversity of approaches on the Viking homelands and the wider world of the Vikings, it offers studies of a range of phenomena, including urban and rural settlements; continuity in the use of places as well as new types of places specific to the Viking Age; the social significance of change; the construction and maintenance of social identity both within the ‘homelands’ and across large territories; ethnicity; and ideas of identity and the creation and recreation of identity both at home and abroad. As such, it will appeal to historians and archaeologists with interests in Viking-Age studies, as well as scholars of Scandinavian studies.

    1. Introducing Vikings Across Boundaries

    Marianne Moen

    Part I: Exchange and Travel: Connections Across the Viking World

    2. Feasting, Friendship and Alliances: The Socio-political Use of Insular Vessels in Viking-Age Norway

    Aina Margrethe Heen-Pettersen

    3. Viking-Age Landing Places: A Time for Reconsideration?

    Jens Ulriksen

    4. Scandinavians on the Southern Baltic Coast

    Hauke Jöns and Anna Kowalska

    5. Western Finland in the Viking World

    Ingrid Gustin and Anna Wessman

    6. Pre-Viking-Age Ship Burials at Salme in Estonia: The First Eastern Vikings or Indications of a Shared Culture Milieu?

    Marika Mägi

    Part II: Communicating Identities: At Home and Abroad

    7. Women as Bearers of Cultural Tradition in Viking-Age England

    Jane Kershaw

    8. Urban Way of Life as Identity? A Case Study from Ribe’s Emporium

    Sarah Croix

    9. Displaying and (re)Negotiating Identities: Migration and Funerary Rites in Viking-Age Northern Scotland

    Frida Espolin Norstein

    10. 'Vikings' and the Formation of the New Identities and New Centres of Power in the Upper Volga

    Nikolaj Makarov

    11. Sámi Vikings?

    Hege Skalleberg Gjerde and Jostein Bergstøl

    12. Warrior Identities in Viking-Age Scandinavia

    Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson

    Part III: Dynamic Social Expressions in Life and Death

    13. Socially Significant Viking-Age Housing

    Frands Herschend

    14. The Martial Function of the Central Places in Viking-Age Scandinavia

    Torun Zachrisson

    15. The Dead of the Viking-Age Towns in Scandinavia

    Sarah Croix

    16. A Geography of Slavery: Ceramic Networks and Communities in the Lake Mälaren Valley, Sweden c. AD 950 to 1150

    Mats Roslund

    17. Warfare and Recruitment in Iron Age Central Norway

    Ingrid Ystgaard


    Hanne Lovise Aannestad is Curator at the Museum of Cultural History, Oslo, Norway.

    Unn Pedersen is Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology, Conservation and History at the University of Oslo, Norway.

    Marianne Moen is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo, Norway.

    Elise Naumann is Researcher at the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Studies, Oslo, Norway.

    Heidi Lund Berg is a doctoral research fellow in the Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion at the University of Bergen, Norway.