The social weight of silver in the Íslendingasögur and the Viking Age hoards

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This study suggests a predominantly socially-strategic function of the silver found in Viking Age hoards, more specifically, connected to the realm of customary law and the blood feud as a social institution. This suggestion is based on a quantitative and contextual analysis of the Íslendingasögur, and a comparison between the function of silver in the sagas and the composition and context of the hoards.


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  • History and Archaeology


  • Spillings, Hoards, Silver, Customary law, Viking Age, Íslendingasögur, Early Medieval Archaeology, Family Sagas, Old Norse, Viking Studies
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall Things – Wide Horizons
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Honour of Birgitta Hårdh
EditorsLars Larsson, Fredrik Ekengren, Bertil Helgesson, Bengt Söderberg
Place of PublicationOxford
ISBN (Print)9781784911317
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication categoryResearch

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Lars Larsson (ed.), Fredrik Ekengren (ed.), Helgesson, B. (ed.) & Söderberg, B. (ed.), 2015, Archaeopress. 308 p. (Archaeopress Archaeology)

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