IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1723: The Viking Winter-Camp at Torksey, Lincolnshire, II

Thursday 12 July 2012, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Dawn Hadley, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Julian D. Richards, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Paper 1723-aBurial Practices in Viking-Age Torksey
(Language: English)
Dawn Hadley, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1723-bSurveying the Landscape of the Viking Winter-Camp
(Language: English)
Hannah Brown, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites
Paper 1723-cRing-Fenced Vikings: Scandinavian Army Camps and Defensive Tactics from Torksey to Trelleborg
(Language: English)
Søren M. Sindbæk, Department of Archaeology, University of York
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Archaeology - Sites
Abstract

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports that the viking ‘great army’ over-wintered at Torksey on the River Trent in 872-3. Until recently, the nature of the settlement was obscure. However, the activities of metal-detectorists have begun to reveal large amounts of metalwork, suggesting both that the army came to a pre-existing settlement of some significance and that a Scandinavian signature continues to be visible into the 10th century. These two sessions report on the results of a new research project, exploring the archaeological evidence from Torksey and setting the site into its broader context.