Kaupang in Skiringssal: Urban Vikings and Rural Fashionistas
Associate Professor Dr. Unn Pedersen, Institute of Archaeology, Conservation and History, University of Oslo gives a presentation on life in Norway at the start of the Viking Age
Urban life was introduced to present-day Norway at the start of the Viking Age. Large scale excavations have recently demonstrated that Kaupang in Skiringssal was established by the outlet of the Oslo fjord around year AD 800, most likely at the initiative of a Danish king. Traders and craftspeople arrived shortly after, with high quality raw materials and foreign luxury items. The densely populated settlement with small houses on regular plots stood out in an otherwise rural community, but visitors from near and far undoubtedly interacted with the urban population. The archaeological material from the area unveils that urban lifeways were rejected by the rural population, while urban products such as textiles, jewellery and other dress related items became popular among men and women of widely different economic and social standing.
The presentation will be given in English.
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