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In a very readable narrative, Hall (director of archaeology, York Archaeological Trust, U.K.; The Viking Dig) ably presents Viking civilization, from its origins during the early first millennium C.E. to the final 15th-century settlements in Greenland. He also uses archaeological evidence to refute misconceptions perpetuated by the media (e.g., that Vikings wore horned or winged helmets). Among the hundreds of black-and-white and color illustrations are photographs of archaeological sites, drawings reconstructing Viking ways, color maps, and wonderful, mostly color photographs of Viking antiquities, some of which are fine examples of Viking art. Other features are sidebars with summaries of topics related to each chapter's time period, a gazetteer of where to find Viking archaeological sites and museums, and a time line of Viking history. Hall provides a wonderful introduction to the world of the Vikings, for whom he clearly has a great affinity. Recommended for history collections in public and academic libraries.
—Br. Benet Exton