• Down by the River: Exploring the Logistics of Viking Encampment across Atlantic Europe

    Author(s):
    Christian Cooijmans (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    Early Medieval
    Subject(s):
    Viking age, Early medieval archaeology, Environmental history, Early medieval history, Logistics
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    viking, encampment, transport, resource
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/c1da-m418
    Abstract:
    Like any other medieval mariner, itinerant viking hosts would have regularly made their way ashore to regroup and reinforce their constituent craft and crews. Accordingly, historical and archaeological records from across Atlantic Europe attest to various waterside encampments having been established during overseas viking campaigns. The everyday practical operation of these camps remains largely underexplored, however, maintaining long-standing impressions that these were relatively dormant hideouts, principally used to intersperse bouts of conflict or to wait out the winter. Bringing together the interdisciplinary evidence for viking encampment from Ireland, England, and the Frankish realm, this study provides a more pronounced picture of the overall logistics involved in establishing and maintaining sites like these. Focusing on the themes of sustenance, security, industry, and commerce, it affirms that the encampments played host to an intricate, adaptive system of logistical (inter)relationships, which contributed to the overall sustainability of the early viking phenomenon.
    Notes:
    Website: https://journals.uio.no/viking
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    Status:
    Published
    Last Updated:
    2 weeks ago
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