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    Coins as an indicator of communications between the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Viking age

    Screen, Elina (2020) Coins as an indicator of communications between the British Isles and Scandinavia in the Viking age. In: Gruszczyński, J. and Jankowiak, M. and Shepard, J. (eds.) Viking-Age Trade: Slaves, Silver and Gotland. Abingdon, UK: Routledge, pp. 377-395. ISBN 9781138293946.

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    Abstract

    Coin evidence helps illuminate Viking-Age economic and political communications between Scandinavia and the British Isles, though interpreting the processes by which coins moved is complex. The Vikings’ adoption of coinage in the Danelaw illustrates their ability to use Anglo-Saxon political and economic norms for their own ends. Western coins travelled to Scandinavia in significant numbers and contributed to the Scandinavian reception of the idea of coinage. There has been a tendency to highlight raiding at the expense of trading, statecraft and religion in these communications. A more nuanced picture is now emerging. The ever-increasing number of finds, particularly in Gotland, Denmark and England, and the results of new metal analyses should improve our understanding of how coins moved, and what they communicated to those who handled them.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Elina Screen
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2021 14:51
    Last Modified: 25 Mar 2021 14:51
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/41612

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