Viking Worlds: Things, Spaces and Movement

Viking Worlds: Things, Spaces and Movement

By: Irmelin Axelsen (editor), Unn Pedersen (editor), Marianne Hem Eriksen (editor), Bernt Rundberget (editor), Heidi Lund Berg (editor)Hardback

Up to 2 WeeksUsually despatched within 2 weeks

£37.60 RRP £40.00  You save £2.40 (6%) With FREE Saver Delivery


Fourteen papers explore a variety of inter-disciplinary approaches to understanding the Viking past, both in Scandinavia and in the Viking diaspora. Contributions employ both traditional inter- or multi-disciplinarian perspectives such as using historical sources, Icelandic sagas and Eddic poetry and also specialised methodologies and/or empirical studies, place-name research, the history of religion and technological advancements, such as isotope analysis. Together these generate new insights into the technology, social organisation and mentality of the worlds of the Vikings. Geographically, contributions range from Iceland through Scandinavia to the Continent. Scandinavian, British and Continental Viking scholars come together to challenge established truths, present new definitions and discuss old themes from new angles. Topics discussed include personal and communal identity; gender relations between people, artefacts, and places/spaces; rules and regulations within different social arenas; processes of production, trade and exchange, and transmission of knowledge within both past Viking-age societies and present-day research. Displaying thematic breadth as well as geographic and academic diversity, the articles may foreshadow up-and-coming themes for Viking Age research. Rooted in different traditions, using diverse methods and exploring eclectic material - Viking Worlds will provide the reader with a sense of current and forthcoming issues, debates and topics in Viking studies, and give insight into a new generation of ideas and approaches which will mark the years to come.

About Author

Marianne Hem Eriksen (PhD Research Fellow, University of Oslo) primarily researches cognitive aspects of houses and households in Late Iron Age Scandinavia, and is currently investigating social and ritual aspects of doors. Dr. Unn Pedersen (Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oslo) is an archaeologist with specialisation in Viking-age non-ferrous metalworking, technology and crafts, her main research interests being urbanisation and metrology. Dr. Bernt Rundberget (Philosophiae Doctor, University of Oslo) specialises in Iron Age and Medieval Period iron production, his main area of research covers technology, extent, distribution as well as economical and political conditions of iron manufacture. Irmelin Axelsen (MA, University of Oslo) is an archaeologist with focus on late Iron Age and Medieval research discourse. Heidi Lund Berg (MA, University of Oslo) is an archaeologist with focus on Iron Age Skandinavia, specialised in key and locking technology.


1. Marianne Hem Eriksen, Unn Pedersen, Bernt Rundberget, Irmelin Axelsen and Heidi Lund Berg: Viking Worlds. Things, Spaces and Movement 2. Neil S. Price: From Ginnungagap to the Ragnaroek. Archaeologies of the Viking Worlds PART I. Real and ideal spaces 3. Lydia Carstens: Powerful Space. The Iron Age Hall and its Development During the Viking Age 4. Joanne Shortt Butler: Husdrapa. A Skaldic Poem in Context 5. Asle Bruen Olsen: Courtyard Sites in Western Norway. Central Assembly Places and Judicial Institutions in the Late Iron Age 6. Sofie Laurine Albris: Place Names and Settlement Development around an Aristocratic Residence. Thoughts from an On-Going Study of the Hinterland of Tisso 7. Marianne Hem Eriksen: The Powerful Ring. Door Rings, Oath Rings, and the Sacral Place PART II. Gendered things, gendered spaces? 8. Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonsson: She Came from Another Place. On the Burial of a Young Girl in Birka 9. Patrycja Kupiec and Karen Milek: Roles and Perceptions of Shielings and the Mediation of Gender Identities in Viking and Medieval Iceland 10. Heidi Lund Berg:`Truth' and Reproduction of Knowledge. Critical Thoughts on the Interpretation and Understanding of Iron-age Keys PART III. Production, exchange and movement 11. Bjarne Gaut: Manors and Markets. Continental Perspectives on Viking Age Trade and Exchange 12. Ben Cartwright: Making the Cloth that Binds Us. The Role of Textile Production in Producing Viking Age Identities 13. Unn Pedersen: Leadworking in Viking-age Norway 14. Stephen Merkel and Andreas Hauptmann, Volker Hilberg, Robert Lehmann: Isotopic Analysis of Silver from Hedeby and some nearby Hoards. Preliminary Results 15. Leszek Gardela: Vikings in Poland. A Critical Overview

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781782977278
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 176
  • ID: 9781782977278
  • ISBN10: 1782977279

Delivery Information

  • Saver Delivery: Yes
  • 1st Class Delivery: Yes
  • Courier Delivery: Yes
  • Store Delivery: Yes

Prices are for internet purchases only. Prices and availability in WHSmith Stores may vary significantly