Friendly Traders, Raiders or Settlers New Research on the Vikings in the West Country

Friendly Traders, Raiders or Settlers New Research on the Vikings in the West Country - Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

02 June 2015 02 June 2015

When: 02 June 2015
Where: Gallery 20, Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter EX4 3RX
Time: 6.30 pm - 7.45 pm
Cost: £7.50
Suitable for: Any age

Written sources originating in the European kingdoms between AD 800 and 1100 seem, on first reading, to describe a period of almost continuous raiding by war-bands from Scandinavia. But archaeologist Derek Gore argues that a careful analysis of the written record reveals not only the political aspirations of Viking leaders but also the desire of some warriors to settle and integrate into the population in the kingdoms while archaeological evidence suggests primarily commercial contacts between Scandinavia and Europe before this Viking Age. A study of other material such as stone sculptures, place names, personal names, hoards and single finds of metalwork from the West Country allows a more complicated picture to emerge from this difficult period.

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