Viking Nations

Viking Nations

The Development of Medieval North Atlantic Identities

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Casemate Publishing
How was the North Atlantic settled? How did the distinct cultures of medieval Iceland and Greenland come to be? Viking Nations is an interdisciplinary consideration of medieval North Atlantic settlement that focuses on not only site-related identity but also the active choices made to adopt elements of identity. It utilizes comparative analysis of evidence to highlight terrestrial and marine drivers to identity development in relation to the site context. By adopting this approach it is possible to more closely examine not only the settlement of the North Atlantic but also the apparent taming of the Vikings concurrently taking place. This book illustrates the priorities expressed by medieval settling populations in relation to particular contexts. It proposes a method for planning ships’ cargos which corresponds to identity development amongst the constituent Atlantic archipelagos. This work is written for an educated audience desiring to know more about the medieval North Atlantic beyond Viking stereotypes. Enough detail is included that medieval specialists will also enjoy the book.

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This work for historians, researchers, and advanced students uses land and marine archaeological evidence of Vikings found in Iceland, Greenland, Orkney, Shetland, Hebrides, and the North Atlantic to reveal patterns of Scandinavian identity formation and cultural structures in the North Atlantic region during the Viking Age (AD 800-1050) and the Medieval period (AD 1050-1250). The study examines microscale and macroscale aspects of identity construction during the Norse migrations to the North Atlantic islands and archipelagos. The book describes what is known about settlements, lifestyles, trade, and religion in three regions. Appendices offer Norse place names, a glossary, and notes on the sampling and analysis methods used in this study. B&w photos and maps are included. The book is distributed by Casemate. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Barnsley, South Yorkshire, [UK] : Pen & Sword Archaeology, an imprint of Pen & Sword Books Ltd, 2016
ISBN: 1473833930 (hbk.)
9781473833937 (hbk.)
Branch Call Number: 949.1201 KNI
Characteristics: xi, 271 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm


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