IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 712: Society and Culture in Viking-Age Towns of Britain and Ireland, I

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Archaeology
Organiser:Dawn Hadley, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Gabor Thomas, School of European Culture & Languages, University of Kent
Paper 712-aLiving and Eating in Viking-Age Towns and their Hinterland
(Language: English)
Kristopher Poole, Department of Archaeology, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life
Paper 712-bNeither Seen nor Heard?: Archaeologies of Viking and Irish Childhoods
(Language: English)
Deirdre McAlister, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Daily Life
Paper 712-cReading Ethnicity into Material Culture: A Review of Urban Settlements in the Irish Sea Region
(Language: English)
David Griffiths, Department of Continuing Education, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Daily Life

These two linked sessions explore the society and culture of Viking-Age towns in Britain and Ireland. The papers seeks to explore the Viking influence on urban life through the study of material culture, evidence for diet and the production/supply of animal products to towns, and evidence for lifestyles and funerary rituals. Several of the papers will also contrast the Viking impact in an urban context with the surrounding rural hinterland. The interaction of Scandinavians settlers with the local population and the continental influence on Viking-Age towns in Britain will also be explored.