The distribution of bronze artefacts of Viking Age Eastern Baltic types discovered on Gotland : Iron Age networks and identities

University essay from Högskolan på Gotland/Institutionen för kultur, energi och miljö

Abstract:

This thesis has compared the distribution of certain types of Viking Age Eastern Baltic bronze artefacts discovered on Gotland. This was done in order to observe different parts of Gotland´s interaction with different groups in the Baltic Sea region and how this might have influenced the identities and ideas of the individuals involved in the interaction. The objects and their finding contexts were subjected to a geographical analysis and applied to a map of Viking Age Gotland. Different distribution patterns can be observed for different types of artefacts, as well as a shift in pattern of interaction in the Baltic Sea region over time.

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