IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1341: Viking Influence on the Continent: Dorestad 50 Years On

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden
Organiser:Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Annemarieke Willemsen, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden
Paper 1341-aViking-Style Jewellery from Dorestad and Frisia
(Language: English)
Nelleke IJssennagger, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen / Archaeological & Medieval Collections, Frisian Museum, Leeuwarden
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Art History - Decorative Arts, Daily Life
Paper 1341-bViking Influence in Lothar I's Dorestad Coinage, 840-855?
(Language: English)
Peter Buis, Faculteit Archeologie, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Numismatics
Paper 1341-cThe Danish Connection with Flanders, 9th-12th Centuries: Data and Research Problems
(Language: English)
Dries Tys, Vakgroep Kunstwetenschappen & Archeologie, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Index terms: Archaeology - Artefacts, Daily Life, Economics - Trade, Politics and Diplomacy

In the summer of 2017, exactly 50 years have passed since modern excavations started in Dorestad, the northernmost emporium of the Carolingian Empire. In Frankish annals, at least 16 attacks of Vikings on this ‘vicus famosus’ are mentioned, alongside ‘Danish princes’ that ruled here around c. 850. Recently, new research has focussed on an old problem: what was the influence of these Vikings in Dorestad? Beyond ideas of raid and trade, in this session we will explore the social and cultural impact of the presence of Scandianvians by zooming in on excavated weaponry, jewellery, and coins – all somehow in between ‘Carolingian’ and ‘Viking’, and compare the Dutch situation with that in neighbouring Flanders.