By Stephen E. Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles
The Viking Age lasted a bit over 3 centuries, yet has left a long-lasting legacy throughout Europe. those dynamic warrior-traders from Scandinavia, who fought and interacted with peoples as a ways aside as North the United States, Russia, and important Asia, are one of the most recognizable historic figures within the western global. within the smooth mind's eye they signify ruthlessness, heroism, adventurousness, and a distinct status adorned by means of the wondrous stories and poetry of the sagas. but the sum of facts for the Viking presence is way much less transparent than their attractiveness implies.
In seek of Vikings provides a set of papers from specialists in a extensive diversity of disciplines, together with heritage, archaeology, genetics, and linguistics, to supply an in depth realizing of the Vikings in peace and in struggle. This ebook specializes in one rather intriguing sector of the Viking global, particularly the north-west quarter of britain, the place they're recognized to have settled in huge numbers. North-west England used to be the crossroads among eire, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of guy, and the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms. It was once a battleground for far away powers and dynasties, and its Irish Sea sea coast created possibilities for buying and selling and cost. Silver hoards, burials, and outdated Norse place-names attest to the Viking presence, and Scandinavian DNA is detectable among the trendy inhabitants. The 12 built-in experiences during this booklet are designed to reinvigorate the quest for Vikings during this an important zone and to supply must-reading for an individual drawn to Viking heritage.
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A similar approach was used also to identify the remains of a woman found near Doncaster in South Yorkshire as originating from Scandinavia (Speed and Walton-Rogers 2004; Budd 2004). O-isotope analysis has been at the cornerstone of an investigation of 37 mutilated skeletons recently discovered in the grounds of St. Johns’ College, Oxford (Pollard et al. 2012). All the bodies discovered were males of fighting age. O-isotope analysis has shown a strong marine food diet commensurate with raiders from Scandinavia, with one man possibly from north of the Arctic Circle.
A restoration and re-display project generated a marked upsurge of interest in the early history of West Kirby. 18). The Chester conference that gave rise to this volume was conducted with two future aims in mind. It sought to build a consensus around interdisciplinary studies for the Viking period in north-west England and beyond. It also sought to make Viking studies as accessible and welcoming to the widest range of public and professional interests as possible. This is far from being a watering-down of academic probity.
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In search of Vikings : interdisciplinary approaches to the Scandinavian heritage of North-West England by Stephen E. Harding, David Griffiths, Elizabeth Royles