Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga / Edition 1

Vikings: The North Atlantic Saga / Edition 1

by Elisabeth Ward, National Museum of Natural History, Fitzhugh Ward
     
 

Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and

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Replete with color photographs, drawings, and maps of Viking sites, artifacts, and landscapes, this book celebrates and explores the Viking saga from the combined perspectives of history, archaeology, oral tradition, literature, and natural science. The book's contributors chart the spread of marauders and traders in Europe as well as the expansion of farmers and explorers throughout the North Atlantic and into the New World. They show that Norse contacts with Native American groups were more extensive than has previously been believed, but that the outnumbered Europeans never established more than temporary settlements in North America.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560989950
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
542,260
Product dimensions:
8.52(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface8
Puffins, Ringed Pins, and Runestones: The Viking Passage to America11
IViking Homelands
Scandinavia in the Viking Age27
1.The Scandinavian Landscape: People and Environment31
2.Farming and Daily Life42
3.Religion, Art, and Runes55
Shamanism and the Vikings?70
4.Political Organization and Social Life72
From Warrior to Trade Economy84
5.Ships and Navigation86
IIViking Raiders
The Viking Age in Europe99
6.The Eastern Route: Finland in the Viking Age103
7."Laid Waste, Plundered, and Burned": Vikings in Frankia116
8.Viking Expansion and Cultural Blending in Britain and Ireland127
IIIVikings in the North Atlantic
Sagas of Western Expansion142
9.The North Atlantic Environment146
10.Vikings in the Faeroe Islands154
11.The Archaeology of Landnam: Early Settlement in Iceland164
12.The Icelandic Commonwealth Period: Building a New Society175
Eddas and Sagas in Medieval Iceland186
IVViking America
1000 A.D.: East Meets West189
13.Skraeling: First Peoples of Helluland, Markland, and Vinland193
A Norse Penny from Maine207
14.The Viking Settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows208
Jasper Cores from L'Anse aux Meadows217
An Introduction to the Vinland Sagas219
Greenlanders' Saga220
Erik the Red's Saga223
15.An Archaeologist's Interpretation of the Vinland Sagas228
16.The Quest for Vinland in Saga Scholarship232
17.The Norse and Native North Americans238
18.Ellesmere: Vikings in the Far North248
19.A World in Transition: Early Cartography of the North Atlantic257
20.Unanswered Questions268
VNorse Greenland
From Vikings to Norseman281
21.Life and Death in Norse Greenland285
22.The Farm Beneath the Sand295
23.Greenland and Europe304
24.Natives and Norse in Greenland318
25.The Demise of Norse Greenland327
26.The Norse Legacy in Greenland340
VIViring Legacy
Celebrating the Viking Millennium in America351
27.The Old Norse Dream354
28.Reflections on an Icon: Vikings in American Culture365
29.Stumbles and Pitfalls in the Search for Viking America374
The Newport Tower376
30.Sagas and Science: Climate and Human Impacts in the North Atlantic385
31.Travel the Viking Trail: Eco-Tourism and Viking Heritage394
Contributors401
Bibliography402
Acknowledgments414
Institutions Lending to the Exhibition417
Checklist418
Index427

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