Viking Age in Caithness, Orkney, and the North Atlantic

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This wide-ranging, richly illustrated volume collects the latest discoveries on the Vikings in Northern Scotland, the Northern Isles, Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780748606320
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.15 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.16 (d)

Table of Contents

The Eleventh Viking Congress, Caithness and Orkney, 1989: Royal Patron and Organising Committee
The Eleventh Viking Congress, Caithness and Orkney, 1989: Members and Associates
Foreword
1 Congress Diary: Notes on Field Excursions 1
Caithness 1
Orkney 42
2 The Landscape of Caithness and Orkney 102
3 Before the Vikings: The Pre-Norse Background in Caithness 111
4 Caithness: An Onomastic Frontier Zone 120
5 Norse Earls and Scottish Bishops in Caithness: A Clash of Cultures 129
6 The Viking and Late Norse Graves of Caithness and Sutherland 148
Appendix: The discovery of a child burial of probable Viking-Age date on Kneep headland, Lewis 1991: interim report 165
7 The Northern Hoards of Viking-Age Scotland 173
8 Silver Storage and Circulation in Viking-Age Scotland: The Evidence of Silver Ingots 187
9 On the Writing of Orkneyinga saga 204
10 The Sea, The Flame and The Wind: The Legendary Ancestors of the Earls of Orkney 212
11 England and Orkneyinga saga 222
12 Earl Rognvald and the Rise of Saga Literature 240
13 The Orkney Earl and Scald Torf-Einarr and his Poetry 248
14 Carolingian Orkney and its Transformation 260
15 Some Aspects of Early Viking Settlement in Orkney 272
16 The Birsay Bay Project: A Resume 285
17 The Settlement of Westness, Rousay 308
18 Tuquoy, Westray, Orkney: A Challenge for the Future? 318
19 Some Settlement Patterns in Medieval Orkney 340
20 The Interpretation of the Runic Inscriptions of Maeshowe 349
21 Two Runic Inscriptions from Orphir, Orkney 370
22 Orphir Church in its South Scandinavian Context 375
23 Orkney Norn: A Survey of 'Taboo' Terms 381
24 The Lord's Prayer in Orkney and Shetland Norn 388
25 Some Orkney Personal Names 397
26 Shrieks at the Stones: The Vikings, the Orkneys and the Scottish Enlightenment 408
27 Viking-Age Sketches and Motif-Pieces from the Northern Earldoms 423
28 Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Evidence of a Norse Island Food Custom 441
29 Problems Concerning the Earliest Settlement in the Faroe Islands 454
30 On the Landnam of the Faroe Islands 465
31 Viking-Age Faroe Islands and their Southern Links in the Light of Recent Finds at Toftanes, Leirvik 473
32 Shielings and their Role in the Viking-Age Economy: New Evidence from the Faroe Islands 487
33 An Insect's Eye-View of the Norse Farm 506
34 Greenland Runes: Isolation or Cultural Contact? 528
35 Settlement Mounds in the North Atlantic 544
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