9780752436463

Vikings of the Irish Sea

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    9780752436463

  • ISBN10:

    0752436465

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2010-04-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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Summary

This book looks at the activities of the Vikings in the Irish Sea, a band of water that has been important since prehistoric times in the history of maritime cultural exchange between Britain and Ireland as well as the Scandanavian countries. The Vikings fully exploited their naval dominance to exert their influence across this area and David Griffiths presents a unique overview of the results of this dominance on the area. The book will look in detail at the activities of the Vikings in Wales, NW England, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Ireland. The archaeological evidence such as siver hoards and burials, along with the evidence of place-names, settlement and sculpture provide a fascinating insight into the mechanisms of Viking power in these areas.

Author Biography

David Griffith's is Lecturer in Archaeology in the Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and director of the MSc in Applied Landscape Archaeology at Kellogg College. He has recently been carrying out excavations at the Bay of Skaill in Orkney where medieval and Viking buildings have come to light.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 7
Prefacep. 11
Introductionp. 13
Vikingsp. 13
The Irish Seap. 16
'The Irish Sea Province'p. 18
The Irish Sea in the pre-Viking periodp. 19
Sources of evidence for the Viking periodp. 20
Raids and Early Settlement in Irelandp. 25
Longphort and dún: the Viking base on landp. 30
'Dark' and 'fair' foreigners, and the 'Gallgoídil'p. 36
Exporting Violence and Seeking Landfall c. 850-c. 1050p. 38
Weakness and opportunity: Galloway and Cumbriap. 39
From Dublin to Brunanburhp. 41
The later tenth and early eleventh centuriesp. 45
Land-take and Landscapep. 48
Estates and landholdingp. 52
Territory, boundaries and defencep. 60
Meetings and 'things'p. 62
Rural settlement archaeologyp. 66
Burial: Changing Rites, New Placesp. 72
Irelandp. 74
The Isle of Manp. 80
From the Solway Firth to Walesp. 89
Viking-period finds and burial in churchyardsp. 96
Trade, Silver and Market Sitesp. 100
Hoards and currencyp. 103
Single finds and market sitesp. 109
Towns and Urbanisationp. 119
Tenth- and eleventh-century Dublinp. 120
Anglo-Saxon urbanisation and tenth-century Chesterp. 129
Trade in the Bristol Channel, and the later Hiberno-Norse townsp. 135
Assimilation and Cultural Changep. 140
Burial and commemorationp. 141
Religious conversion and Viking motifsp. 143
An Irish Sea metalwork tradition?p. 150
Architecture: urban and ruralp. 153
Language and inscriptionsp. 153
Hybridity and acculturation - the process of cultural changep. 155
Conclusionp. 157
List of Abbreviationsp. 161
Notesp. 162
Bibliographyp. 172
Indexp. 185
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