Dating Vikings

Why, when and how were the Vikings able to conquer large parts of the world? Investigate the concept of the Viking age from an archaeological perspective.

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Magdalena Schmid 2017 dates TBC 6-8pm 4 $ Join our mailing list

Course outline

The course is designed to investigate the concept of the Viking age from an archaeological perspective, to consider the archaeological record of the Viking age and how it has been used (or not used) in describing and analyzing this period and to critically examine scholarly debates and popular narratives about the Viking age.  The course primarily focuses on Viking Age Iceland, but also on the Scandinavian homelands and on the areas of Viking raids. Iceland formed a key part of the Viking expansion and settlement westwards. The settlement of Iceland (as of the Faroe islands and Greenland) is generally referred to as the landnám (land-taking) and is thus a very important archaeological event that offers exciting opportunities to understand the processes of migration, colonization and cultural adaptations. Why, when and how were the Vikings able to conquer large parts of the world?

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Describe the archaeological record from the Viking Age, its accessibility and dissemination and what affect it has had on our understanding of the Viking age.
  • Construct a basic timeline of major historical, social, economic and technological events (raiding, trading and settlement)
  • Understand what Vikings are.
  • Apply scientific archaeological methods to date the Vikings, interpret archaeological evidence and evaluate the validity of different explanations.

Who should enrol

This course is open to anyone with an interest in history.

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