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Close encounters with the byzantine border zones: on the eastern connections of the Birka warrior
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory. (Atlas)
2015 (English)In: Scandinavia and the Balkans: cultural interactions with Byzantium and Eastern Europe in the first millennium AD / [ed] Oksana Minaeva, Lena Holmquist, Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, 139-152 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Eastern region of Viking-Age Scandinavia. The inhabitants constituted a cultural and social mix including people of various origins and with influences from a vast region of different cultures. This diverse mix of material culture and social practices is particularly noticeable in the context of the warriors. Perhaps more than others, these men were accustomed to the practices and traits of other groups of people and were impressed by foreign weaponry and warfare techniques. They combined high mobility with a tight-knit social structure and openness to new techniques and ideas. Their objective to serve the functions and people of the town, rather than a regional chieftain or petty king, made them stand out as a group, even compared to contemporary groups of warriors from nearby places. The strong presence of influences from the regions east and southeast of Scandinavia is predominantly evident. So what can be said about the evident Eastern connections of the Birka warriors?

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Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015. 139-152 p.
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Viking warrior, warfare, Birka, archery, Byzantium
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123541ISBN: 978-1-4438-7761-9OAI: diva2:874635
Birka, Rus' och nordiska gentes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P10-0897:1
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-12-09Bibliographically approved

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