Crafts and Social Networks in Viking Towns
Imprint: Oxbow Books
224 Pages, 171 x 241 mm, b/w and color
- November 2019
The volume brings together leading UK and Scandinavian archaeological specialists to explore crafted products and workshop-assemblages from these towns, in order to clarify how such long-range communication worked in pre-modern Northern Europe. Contributors assess the implications for our understanding of early towns and the long-term societal change catalysed by them, including the initial steps towards commercial economies. Results are analyzed in relation to social network theory, social and economic history, and models of communication, setting an agenda for further research. Crafting Communities provides a landmark statement on our knowledge of Viking-Age craft and communication
1. Steven P Ashby & Søren M. Sindbæk: Introduction: Crafting networks and Viking urbanism.
2. Johan Callmer : The Study of Viking-Age crafts
3. Søren M. Sindbæk: Viking-Age Urbanism, Social networks and cultural exchange
PART II: WITHIN AND BEYOND THE DOMESTIC SPHERE
Steven P Ashby & Søren M. Sindbæk: Introduction: Between domestic circles and urban networks.
Lise Bender Jørgensen (Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim): Textile Production in Viking-Age Scandinavia.
Penelope Walton Rogers (The Anglo-Saxon Laboratory, York): Textile Production in Late Anglo-Saxon and Anglo-Scandinavian Britain.
Ailsa Mainman (York Archaeological Trust): Ceramics in the North Sea area c.700-1100
PART III: SKILLS AND MOVEMENT
8. Steven P Ashby & Søren M. Sindbæk : Introduction: Constructing Specialism.
9. Johan Callmer (Humboldt University, Berlin): Bone and antler working in Viking-Age Scandinavia
10. Steven P. Ashby (University of York): Chains of Innovation: combmaking in Viking-Age Europe
11. Patrick Ottaway (PJO Archaeology):The Archaeology of Blacksmithing and the rise of urbanism in northern Europe
PART IV: MASTERS AND APPRENTICES
12. Steven P Ashby & Søren M. Sindbæk: Introduction: the Transmission of Expert Knowledge.
13. Unn Pedersen (IAKH, University of Oslo): From bronze casting to non-ferrous and precious metalwork in Viking-Age Scandinavia.
14. Penelope Walton Rogers (The Anglo-Saxon Laboratory, York): Non-ferrous metalworking in the British Isles
PART V: EPILOGUE
15. Pierre Lemonnier: Conclusions and perspectives.
“Innovative conclusions about the organization of proto-urban craft activity and networks of suppliers and practitioners are convincingly presented… This is an unbalanced but very dense and fully referenced book of studies.” ~The Medieval Review