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Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age

To see more Viking articles, click here. by University of York Archaeologists from the University of York have played a key role in Anglo-Danish research which has suggested the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier – and less violent – than previously believed. The study by Dr Steve Ashby, of the DepartmentContinue reading “Scandinavian trade ‘triggered’ the Viking Age”

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Viking Age Iceland: Complex Culture and Simple Economy

This is Part 45 of our ongoing series about Viking Age Iceland. For centuries, this island country, unique in Medieval Europe, operated with no king, no great lords, no foreign policy, and no defense forces but which developed legal and judicial systems to limit the violence of bloodfeud and protect the rights of freemen. Far out in the North Atlantic, Iceland was where theContinue reading “Viking Age Iceland: Complex Culture and Simple Economy”

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