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The Viking Age Paradox: Continuity and Discontinuity of Fortifications and Defence Works in Eastern Scandinavia
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory. (Atlas)
2013 (English)In: Landscapes of Defence in Early Medieval Europe / [ed] John Baker, Stuart Brookes, Andrew Reynolds, Turnhout: Brepols, 2013, 285-301 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Viking Age proves complex when viewed from a military historical perspective. There is inconsistency in the correlation between home and abroad and between literary sources and archaeological remains. The break in continuity from fortification traditions of earlier periods represents a chnage in the societal structure where individuals become landowners, and there is both the will and the strength to dominate territories. This essay focuses on the continuity and discontinuity of fortifications in eastern Scandinavia in an attempt to understand the paradox of the Viking Age landscape of defence.

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Turnhout: Brepols, 2013. 285-301 p.
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Viking Age, fortifications, warfare, landscape of defence, military history
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123544ISBN: 978-2-503-52956-1OAI: diva2:874646
Birka, Rus' och nordiska gentes
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-27

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