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Trading in Viking-Period Scandinavia - a Business Only for a Few? The Jämtland Case
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of History. The Riksdag Library, Stockholm.
2015 (English)In: Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, ISSN 1782-7183, E-ISSN 2030-9902, Vol. 11, 79-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article deals with the question of whether trading in rural areas in Scandinavia during the middle and late Viking period (c. 875‒1050/75) was largely in the hands of elite groups in the society, or if a trading system more open to popular participation prevailed. Jämtland, a region in inland Mid-Scandinavia, is investigated here and constitutes an example of an area with a seemingly open system. On the basis primarily of grave finds, the author shows that many people living in Jämtland participated in buying and selling goods (e.g. furs) to such an extent that they had obtained scales and weights as tools of trade and used weighed silver as a means of payment. This widespread usage of silver as payment had arisen in spite of Jämtland’s remoteness from the major Scandinavian trading centres of the time. Several geographical, cultural, social, and economic factors that might explain this development in Jämtland are discussed.

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2015. Vol. 11, 79-126 p.
Keyword [en]
Trading, media of exchange, silver, weights, scales, furs, social stratification, Scandinavia, Jämtland, Viking period
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History Archaeology Economic History
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History; Archaeology; Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111273DOI: 10.1484/J.VMS.5.109600OAI: diva2:775081
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ISBN: 978-2-503-55403-7

Available from: 2014-12-30 Created: 2014-12-30 Last updated: 2016-08-23Bibliographically approved

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