The Fortified Viking Age

Social Organisation36th INTERDISCIPLINARY VIKING SYMPOSIUM in Odense, May 17th, 2017

Archaeological & Historical Studies in Centrality, vol. 3, 2018

Edited by Jesper Hansen & Mette Bruus

The Fortified Viking Age

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Ever since the days of Saxo and the story of Thyra Dannebod as the builder of the Dannewerk, fortification has been seen as an intergrated historical narrative when we describe the centuries of the Viking Age. Nowadays, we are not only addressing large externally oriented structures when we research Viking Age fortifications, but also internal structures which are likely to belong in local contexts. 

Research has long been focussing on the eventful decades of Harald Bluetooth's reign in the late 900s. However, new studies dealing with the basic settlement development in Viking Age society, as well as (new) studies in a number of speciofic structures, have provides a new data basis for looking at the genealogy and context of the fortified Viking Age in a broader perspective.

This symposium invited presentations which explore these and other themes in Viking Age research. The theme encompasses all periods, genres and disciplines.




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