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The Harbour of Hedeby
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory. Centre for Baltic and Scandinavian Archaeology, Schleswig, Tyskalnd.
2011 (English)In: Viking Settlements & Viking Society: Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking Congress / [ed] Svavar Sigmundsson, Reykjavík, 2011, 245-259 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The proto-urban emporium of Hedeby was one of the most important trading centres of the Viking world. Because of its position in the borderland between the Carolingian Realm (respectively later German Empire), and Scandinavia, two traffic routes could be controlled from here: The north-south directed overland traffic route and – even more important – a portage between the North Sea and the Baltic. The harbour of Hedeby in its double function as the area for mooring ships and stock turnover, as well as the market place to the settlement, inheres a central significance for the comprehension of the site. By an enduring adaptation to the changing demands of professional seafaring, it safeguarded the economic basis of the emporium itself. Even though the harbour at first glance has to be considered as a maritime phenomenon, the overall development of Hedeby was directly subjected to the usability of it.

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Reykjavík, 2011. 245-259 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-121115ISBN: 978-9979-54-923-9OAI: diva2:856429
Viking Congress Reykjavík/Reykholt 2009
Available from: 2015-09-24 Created: 2015-09-24 Last updated: 2015-09-24

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