Silver-rings and Marten Skins – Contacts between the Volga Region and the Baltic in the Early Viking Age

Lecture by Birgitta Hårdh (Lund University).

2017.11.16 | Julie Thomsen Raunstrup

Date Tue 06 Feb
Time 12:00 13:00
Location Centre for Urban Network Evolutions (UrbNet) Aarhus University Moesgård Allé 20, DK-8270 Højbjerg Denmark Building 4230-232

The Contacts between Scandinavia and the Baltic region in the Viking age were in many respects different from those to the West. In the East there were no towns and monasteries to rob. Here it was necessary to create wealth through trade, tributes and various alliances. In North-Western Europe fur trade was a most important factor and there are various signs that Scandinavians also took part here. At the same time vast amounts of Oriental silver reached north Europe.

Going out from a certain group of silver rings known mainly from the regions west of the Urals and parts of Scandinavia, I will discuss the use of silver and the art of connections going out from a certain type of silver rings and discuss where they were made and how they might have been made.

History and archaeology, Lecture/talk