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Title Silver, butter, cloth : monetary and social economies in the Viking age / edited by Jane Kershaw and Gareth Williams ; consultant editors, Søren Sindbæk and James Graham-Campbell
Imprint Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2019
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 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  CJ2459 S587 2019    AVAILABLE    30530001330455
Edition First edition
Descript xvi, 306 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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Series Medieval History and Archaeology
Medieval history and archaeology
Note 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 advance0new definitions of 'economy', 'currency', and 'value' in the ninth to eleventh centuries
Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Silver coins -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Coin hoards -- Europe
Viking antiquities
Viking civilization
Coins, Scandanavian
Coins, Medieval
Coinage -- Europe -- History
Numismatics -- Europe -- History
Economic history -- Medieval, 500-1500
Europe -- Economic conditions -- To 1492
Alt Author Kershaw, Jane, 1982- editor
Williams, Gareth, 1969- editor
Sindbæk, Søren M., editor
Graham-Campbell, James, editor