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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1742: Slave Trade, Silver, and Society, c. 800 - c. 1100, III

Thursday 9 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Arts & Humanities Research Council Project 'Dirhams for Slaves'
Organiser:Jonathan Shepard, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Jonathan Shepard, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford
Paper 1742-aSlow Burn and Firestorm: Ceramic Evidence for the Presence of Slavic Thralls in 10th- to 12th-Century Southern Scandinavia
(Language: English)
Mats Roslund, Institutionen för Arkeologi och Antikens Historia, Lunds Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Economics - Trade, Economics - Urban, Technology
Paper 1742-bHoards in Pots?: Preliminary Observations on Containers and Reasons for Deposition and (Non-)Retrieval of Silver Hoards
(Language: English)
Jacek Gruszczynski, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Archaeology - General, Economics - Trade
Paper 1742-cCaethion Cymru: Investigating Slavery in Early Medieval Wales
(Language: English)
Katie Hemer, Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Archaeology - General, Economics - Trade

These sessions will review the workings of the slave-trade in Northern Europe (including Rus) and Eurasia, looking for overall patterns of movement of persons and objects across the Viking Diaspora and beyond. Account will be taken of the repercussions of the trade upon local societies, and also of the role of exogenous slaves in slave-owning societies. Particular attention will be paid to the role of silver from the East, as also to the dynamics of exchanges, and the formation of networks, regional and transnational.