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Viking Nations (Hardback)

The Development of Medieval North Atlantic Identities

Medieval History Archaeology

By Dr Dayanna Knight
Imprint: Pen & Sword Archaeology
Pages: 271
ISBN: 9781473833937
Published: 8th February 2016

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How was the North Atlantic settled? How did the distinct cultures of medieval Iceland and Greenland come to be? Viking Nations is an interdisciplinary consideration of medieval North Atlantic settlement that focuses on not only site-related identity but also the active choices made to adopt elements of identity. It utilizes comparative analysis of evidence to highlight terrestrial and marine drivers to identity development in relation to the site context. By adopting this approach it is possible to more closely examine not only the settlement of the North Atlantic but also the apparent taming of the Vikings concurrently taking place. This book illustrates the priorities expressed by medieval settling populations in relation to particular contexts. It proposes a method for planning ships’ cargos which corresponds to identity development amongst the constituent Atlantic archipelagos. This work is written for an educated audience desiring to know more about the medieval North Atlantic beyond Viking stereotypes. Enough detail is included that medieval specialists will also enjoy the book.

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This book illustrates the priorities expressed by medieval settling populations in relation to particular contexts. It proposes a method for planning ships cargos which corresponds to identity development amongst the constituent Atlantic archipelagos. This work is written for an educated audience desiring to know more about the medieval North Atlantic beyond Viking stereotypes. Enough detail is included that medieval specialists will also enjoy the book.

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About Dr Dayanna Knight

Dr Dayanna Knight started at a community college in California and was a transfer student to UC Berkeley where she received her BA in anthropology and was introduced to medieval translation. She earned both Master's and PhD from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nottingham for her research into north Atlantic identity construction and maintenance. Dr Knight currently lives in Northern California with her guinea pigs and makes jam from historical recipes while researching the Viking World.

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