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Från öst till väst: En fallstudie av den vikingatida myntimporten med utgångspunkt i de gotländska depåerna från 900-talet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
From East to the West : A case study of the Viking Age coin import based on the Gotlandic hoards from the 10th century (English)
Abstract [en]

In the mid-10th century the import of dirhems from Eastern Europe came to an end. From being a steady flow of Islamic coins from Viking-Age Russia the focus shifted to western European coins such as German and English. Most studies on Viking Age coins and hoards in general have focused on determine the individual coin type and the composition of the hoard in whole. Others have focused on the more social aspects on why the hoards even exist. My study will investigate if it is possible to detect if there are different networks behind the import of coins by analysing the composition of hoards in the transitional phase. By using a correspondence analysis and also GIS analysis, I want to investigate differences and similarities in the hoards composition. The correspondence analysis will show if there are any affiliations between different variables, which a means recurring pattern or combination of data represented in the hoards such as mints, size, TPQ and find distribution on Gotland etc. These presence or absence of affiliations will then be discussed if they could indicate different networks operating the coin import. The material the study is based on are 10th century hoards from Gotland which contain coins from late Islamic dynasties, Germany, England and the Byzantine empire.

The result shows no specific indications in the hoards composition on different networks or groups that imported different kinds of coins. There is however a chance that different local groups have imported the same type of coins. The correspondence analysis also clearly visualizes the shift from the import of Islamic dirhams to Western coins.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Correspondence analysis, hoards, Viking Age, Gotland, network, import
Keyword [sv]
Korrespondensanalys, depåer, vikingatid, Gotland, nätverk, import
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-295850OAI: diva2:935316
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-10 Last updated: 2016-06-11Bibliographically approved

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