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Author Arcini, Caroline, author

Title The Viking Age : a time of many faces / by Caroline Ahlström Arcini ; with T. Douglas Price, Bengt Jacobsson, Maria Cinthio, Leena Drenzel, Bibiana Agusti Farjas and Jonny Karlsson ; illustrated by Staffan Hyll
Published Oxford ; Philadelphia : Oxbow Books, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (120 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
Contents The bare bones -- Eight Viking Age burial grounds in south-east Sweden -- Immigrants or locals? -- Health and care for the frail -- Markers of identity? -- Burial grounds designated for particular purposes? -- A time of many faces
Summary The majority of literature about the Viking period, based on artefacts or written sources, covers battles, kings, chiefs and mercenaries, long distance travel and colonisation, trade, and settlement. Less is said about the life of those that stayed at home, or those that immigrated into Scandinavia, whether voluntarily or by force.0This book uses results from the examination of a substantial corpus of Swedish osteological material to discuss aspects of demography and health in the Viking period - those which would have been visible and recognisable in the faces or physical appearances of the individuals concerned. It explores the effects of migration, from the spread of new diseases such as leprosy to patterns of movement and integration of immigrants into society. The skeletal material also allows the study of levels of violence, attitudes towards disablement, and the care provided by Viking communities. An overview of the worldwide phenomenon of modified teeth also gives insight into the practice of deliberate physical embellishment and body modification. The interdisciplinary approach to questions regarding ordinary life presented here will broaden the knowledge about society during the Viking Age. The synthesis of the Swedish unburnt human skeletal remains dated to the Viking age will be a valuable resource for future research, and provides an in-depth view on Viking age society
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 02, 2018)
Subject Human remains (Archaeology) -- Sweden
Physical anthropology -- Sweden -- History
HISTORY / Europe / Scandinavia
HISTORY -- Europe -- Western.
Human remains (Archaeology)
Physical anthropology.
Sweden -- History -- To 1397
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
Author Agustí, Bibiana, 1962- author
Cinthio, Maria, 1946- author
Drenzel, Leena, author
Hyll, Staffan, illustrator
Jacobsson, Bengt, author
Karlsson, Jonny, 1957- author
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