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Western Silver from the East: Hiberno-Norse and Gotlandic contacts in the Viking Age
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Västbundet silver från Östern : Iro-Skandinaviska och Gotländska kontakter under vikingatiden (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

In my previous thesis I wrote about what features that characterize the Hiberno-Norse identity in Ireland during the Viking Age/Early Medieval period and the origin of these features. I also discussed whether they are to be viewed as a creolized Scandinavian society or as a hybrid culture with focus on said features. In this thesis I will attempt to shift the focus towards 9th and 10th century Gotland. The purpose of this thesis is to investigate if there were some connections between the Hiberno-Norse world and Gotland. I will focus on one particular hypothesis regarding the early import of Islamic dirhams, particularly Samanid silver to Ireland. The idea is to examine if a trading network might have existed and, in essence, to establish that there were connections between the Hiberno-Norse world and Gotland.

Abstract [sv]

I min tidigare uppsats skrev jag om vad som kännetecknar den Iro-Skandinaviska identiteten i Irland under vikingatiden/tidiga medeltiden, samt ursprunget av dessa särdrag. Jag diskuterade även om dessa skall ses som ett kreoliserat Skandinaviskt samhälle eller en hybridkultur med utgångspunkt i dessa särdrag. I denna uppsats tänker jag skifta fokusen mot 800/900-talets Gotland. Syftet med uppsatsen är att undersöka ifall det kan ha funnits några kopplingar mellan den Iro-Skandinaviska världen och den Skandinaviska, i detta fall Gotland. Jag kommer att fokusera på en särskild hypotes angående importen av Islamiska dirhemer, mer specifikt Samanidiskt silver till Irland. Tanken är att undersöka ifall ett handelsnätverk kan ha existerat och, i grund och botten, etablera att det fanns kopplingar mellan den Iro-Skandinaviska världen och Gotland.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Hiberno-Norse, Vikings, Silver hoards, Samanid, Viking Age, Scandinavia, Ireland, Gotland, Actor-Network, Diaspora, Circulation, Trade
Keyword [sv]
Iro-Skandinaver, Vikingar, Silverskatter, Samanider, Vikingatiden, Skandinavien, Irland, Gotland, Aktör-Nätverk, Diaspora, Cirkulation, Handel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-257982OAI: diva2:840949
Available from: 2015-09-16 Created: 2015-07-09 Last updated: 2015-09-16Bibliographically approved

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