Vikings of the Irish Sea

Vikings of the Irish Sea

by David Griffiths


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752436463
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,080,166
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

David Griffiths is Reader in Archaeology and a Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford University.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations 7

Preface 11

Chapter 1 Introduction 13

Vikings 13

The Irish Sea 16

'The Irish Sea Province' 18

The Irish Sea in the pre-Viking period 19

Sources of evidence for the Viking period 20

Chapter 2 Raids and Early Settlement in Ireland 25

Longphort and dún: the Viking base on land 30

'Dark' and 'fair' foreigners, and the 'Gallgoídil' 36

Chapter 3 Exporting Violence and Seeking Landfall c. 850-c. 1050 38

Weakness and opportunity: Galloway and Cumbria 39

From Dublin to Brunanburh 41

The later tenth and early eleventh centuries 45

Chapter 4 Land-take and Landscape 48

Estates and landholding 52

Territory, boundaries and defence 60

Meetings and 'things' 62

Rural settlement archaeology 66

Chapter 5 Burial: Changing Rites, New Places 72

Regional surveys 1 Ireland 74

Regional surveys 2 The Isle of Man 80

Regional surveys 3 From the Solway Firth to Wales 89

Viking-period finds and burial in churchyards 96

Chapter 6 Trade, Silver and Market Sites 100

Hoards and currency 103

Single finds and market sites 109

Chapter 7 Towns and Urbanisation 119

Tenth- and eleventh-century Dublin 120

Anglo-Saxon urbanisation and tenth-century Chester 129

Trade in the Bristol Channel, and the later Hiberno-Norse towns 135

Chapter 8 Assimilation and Cultural Change 140

Burial and commemoration 141

Religious conversion and Viking motifs 143

An Irish Sea metalwork tradition? 150

Architecture: urban and rural 153

Language and inscriptions 153

Hybridity and acculturation - the process of cultural change 155

Chapter 9 Conclusion 157

List of Abbreviations 161

Notes 162

Bibliography 172

Index 185

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