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The slave markets of the Viking world: comparative perspectives on an ‘invisible archaeology’
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5753-4535
2019 (English)In: Slavery & Abolition, ISSN 0144-039X, E-ISSN 1743-9523Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Slaving was a prominent activity among raiding and mercantile groups operating across the early medieval world during the Viking Age (c. 750–1050 CE). Historical sources provide explicit descriptions of widespread raiding and slave taking by Viking raiders, as well as a substantial trade in captive peoples. Archaeologists, however, have long-struggled to identify evidence for the transportation and sale of captives in the material record. In order to begin addressing this issue, this study explores the comparative archaeologies and histories of slave markets in order to examine the potential form and function of these sites, and how they might have operated as part of the wider, interconnected Viking world.

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Viking Age, Slavery, Slave Trading, Comparative Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-390131DOI: 10.1080/0144039X.2019.1592976OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-390131DiVA, id: diva2:1340460
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Swedish Research Council, 2015-00466Available from: 2019-08-05 Created: 2019-08-05 Last updated: 2019-08-05

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