THE BEGINNING OF VIKING AGE TOWNS – NEW EXCAVATIONS IN RIBE, DENMARK
With Prof Søren M. Sindbæk
20/09/2020 at 8:00pm
Ribe in Denmark was the first town to emerge in Scandinavia at the dawn of the Viking Age. Like Dublin, it opened up a new world of sea-lanes, markets, maritime adventures and conflicts. New excavations 2017-18 have unraveled the early history of the Vikings through Ribe’s finely-meshed stratigraphy from the eighth to the tenth century. We can follow events from the workshop floors of the amber cutter, the bead monger or the jeweler, and witness how widening networks began to connect the world of Danes and Northmen with that of Franks and Frisians, the Rus’ and the East, and people in islands west over the sea. Hear more about the results of the Northern Emporium project, conducted in collaboration between the Museum of South West Jutland and the UrbNet Centre of Aarhus University, and sponsored by the Carlsberg Foundation.
Søren M. Sindbæk is professor of archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark. His many books include The World in the Viking Age (2014, with Athena Trakadas), Aggersborg in the Viking Age (2014, with Else Roesdahl, Anne Pedersen and David M. Wilson), and Crafts and Social Networks in Viking Towns (2020, with Steve Ashby).
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