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Author Gruszczynski, Jacek, 1980- author

Title Viking silver, hoards and containers : the archaeological and historical context of Viking-age silver coin deposits in the Baltic c. 800-1050 / Jacek Gruszczynski
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
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Series Routledge archaeologies of the Viking world
Routledge archaeologies of the Viking world
Contents Introduction -- Gotland : the silver island -- Pomerania : Slavs and war perpetual -- Svealand : a mainland kingdom -- Composition and patterns of hoard deposition from a chronological perspective -- Synthesis and conclusions
Summary "It is widely accepted that the Viking Age (c. 800-1050) stimulated the development of long-distance, regional and local trade and exchange networks. The clearest archaeological evidence for these contacts is mainly in the form of silver artefacts, predominantly found in hoards in Northern and Central Europe - the Baltic zone. However, beyond occasional national or regional-level research, there have been no attempts at a historically guided comparative archaeological survey of the Baltic zone as a whole. By investigating silver hoards and the context of their deposition, Viking Silver, Hoards and Containers seeks to understand the variety of functions performed by hoards; the differences in function within regions; the hoards' relationship with trade; and the nature and function of emporia. It also examines the extent to which the findings mesh with literary evidence and the nature of the different societies benefiting from the influx of silver in the Viking Age. Crucially, the book features a catalogue, which provides a thorough overview and update of Baltic-zone hoards. Viking Silver, Hoards and Containers is intended for use by students of and specialists in early medieval, Viking and Slavic history and archaeology. However, it will also be a useful teaching resource for other general courses in archaeology, anthropology and material culture, numismatics, economic history, religious studies, GIS, and statistics"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Jacek GruszczyĆ¢nskiwas a Research Associate at the Khalili Research Centre, University of Oxford, and works as an archaeology and heritage consultant. GruszczyĆ¢nski obtained his MA in Archaeology from the Jagiellonian University, Cracow, and his doctorate from Oxford. His research interests focus on hoarding practices in the context of settlement, economy, and social and political structures in the Viking Age
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Subject Coin hoards -- Baltic Sea Region
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Baltic Sea Region
Silver coins -- Baltic Sea Region
Silverwork, Viking -- Baltic Sea Region
Viking antiquities -- Baltic Sea Region
Vikings -- Baltic Sea Region -- History
Baltic Sea Region -- Antiquities
Baltic Sea Region -- Commerce -- History
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