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Northern Emporium

Vol. 1 The making of Viking-age Ribe

A part of the series Jysk Arkæologisk Selskabs Skrifter (122) , and the subject area

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464 pages
ISBN 978 87 9342 374 9

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In the early Middle Ages, a network of maritime trading towns – emporia – emerged along the northern coasts of Europe. These early urban sites are among archaeology’s most notable contributions to our knowledge of the period between the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire and the growth of a maritime-oriented world in the Viking Age. Ribe, on the western coast of Denmark, is one of these sites. In 2017-18 the Northern Emporium research project conducted seminal research excavations, which provided new foundations for the study of this nodal point between Western Europe, Scandinavia, and the world beyond.

This first volume presents the results of these excavations and analyses to piece together the history of the emporium and its social fabric. The research employs novel, high-definition methods to explore the networks of the site, integrating an extensive use of geoarchaeology and 3D stratigraphic recording with intensive environmental sampling and artefact recovery, resulting in more than 100,000 artefact finds. The results transform our understanding of key points of the early history of the North Sea region. Through the remains of dwellings and workshops – the traces left by traders, sailors, weavers, tailors, comb makers, and skilled producers of glass beads and metal ornaments – we follow the creation of Viking Age social networks, along with some of the most iconic artistic products of this world and the daily lives of some of its notable inhabitants.

Press reviews

Per Ole Schovsbo, Historie-online.dk
"Men intet kan rokke ved den kæmpe bedrift som både undersøgelserne og publikationen af undersøgelserne er resultatet af. Værkets bind 1 er ikke mindre end en omskrivning og udvidelse af Ribes tidlige historie. Det lover godt for den kommende undersøgelses- og publikationsvirksomhed af nordisk yngre jernalder og vikingetid der i de kommende år bør initieres af Aarhus Universitet. Det kan simpelt hen ikke gøres bedre!"

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