Silver hoarding on Bornholm and Gotland: hoards as windows onto Viking-Age life

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This chapter focuses on Bornholm and compares it to Gotland, since these Baltic islands are home to the largest concentrations of Viking-Age silver hoards in Denmark and Sweden respectively. It considers recent approaches to the questions of why and how hoards were deposited and presents six case studies of partially excavated hoard sites on Bornholm. The reasons for their deposition may have varied according to location, ranging from active trade and raw material hoards, found within or on the outskirts of contemporary settlement areas, to carefully selected ritual hoards deposited in locations devoid of other Viking-Age artefacts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationViking-age trade : silver, slaves and Gotland
EditorsJacek Gruszczyński, Marek Jankowiak, Jonathan Shepard
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315231808
ISBN (Print)9781138293946
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge archaeologies of the Viking world

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • History and Archaeology


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