Everyday Life in Viking Age Towns

Everyday Life in Viking Age Towns : Social Approaches to Towns in England and Ireland, c. 800-1100

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The study of early medieval towns has frequently concentrated on urban beginnings, the search for broadly applicable definitions of urban characteristics and the chronological development of towns. Far less attention has been paid to the experience of living in towns. The thirteen chapters in this book bring together the current state of knowledge about Viking-Age towns (c. 800-1100) from both sides of the Irish Sea, focusing on everyday life in and around these emerging settlements. What was it really like to grow up, live, and die in these towns? What did people eat, what did they wear, and how did they make a living for themselves? Although historical sources are addressed, the emphasis of the volume is overwhelmingly archaeological, paying homage to the wealth of new material that has become available since the advent of urban archaeology in the 1960s.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 20mm | 779.99g
  • Oxbow Books
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • b/w & col. illus.
  • 1842175327
  • 9781842175323
  • 527,167

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Thirteen contributions, grouped into three sections, address aspects of urbanisation, the experience of urban landscapes, and urban economies. All are expert and synthesise recent archaeological data (highlights are Steven Harrison on the long port in Ireland and David Stocker on Lincoln churches).--Chris Scull "British Archaeology, July/August 2014 "show more