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Medieval History and Archaeology

Silver, Butter, Cloth

Monetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age

Kershaw, Jane

Silver, Butter, Cloth

Medieval History and Archaeology

Silver, Butter, Cloth

Monetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age

Medieval History and Archaeology: Silver, Butter, Cloth

 

Silver, Butter, Cloth discusses what constituted 'money' in the Viking Age, and how 'money' was used? It is widely accepted that silver constituted the main form of currency. Silver, Butter, Cloth examines how silver functioned as payment but also explores the monetary role of non-silver currencies in the Viking economy.


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Beschrijving Medieval History and Archaeology: Silver, Butter, Cloth

Silver, Butter, Cloth advances current debates about the nature and complexity of Viking economic systems. It explores how silver and other commodities were used in monetary and social economies across the Scandinavian world of the Viking Age (c. 800-1100 AD) before and alongside the wide scale introduction of coinage. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach that unites archaeological, numismatic, and metallurgical analyses, Kershaw and Williams examine the
uses and sources of silver in both monetary and social transactions, addressing topics such as silver fragmentation, hoarding, and coin production and re-use. Uniquely, it also goes beyond silver, giving the first detailed consideration of the monetary role of butter, cloth, and gold in the Viking economy.
Indeed, it is instrumental in developing methodologies to identify such commodity monies in the archaeological record.

The use of silver and other commodities within Viking economies is a dynamic field of study, fuelled by important recent discoveries across the Viking world. The 14 contributions to this book, by a truly international group of scholars, draw on newly available archaeological data from eastern Europe, Scandinavia, the North Atlantic, and the British Isles and Ireland, to present the latest original research. Together, they deepen understanding of Viking monetary and social economies and advance
new definitions of 'economy', 'currency', and 'value' in the ninth to eleventh centuries.


ISBN
9780198827986
Pagina's
336
Verschenen
Serie
Medieval History and Archaeology
NUR
300
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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