Viking-Age Wolin (Wollin) in the Norse Context of the Southern Coast of the Baltic Sea
2014 (English)In: Scripta Islandica: Isländska Sällskapets Årsbok, ISSN 0582-3234, Vol. 65, 143-151 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The article discusses archaeological material regarding the Viking-Age settlement of Wolin (Wollin) identified as the Jómsborg of the Icelandic sagas. The study shows that Wolin stands out among other Scandinavian settlements on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea such as Gross Strömkendorf, Rostock-Dierkow, Menzlin, and Ralswiek. Firstly, Wolin was founded later than other emporia in the region. Secondly, the character of the Scandinavian presence is different. Wolin is characterized by a distinct Slavic core and a short-lived presence of a Scandinavian elite with a clear underrepresentation of Norse women. Other emporia bear evidence of a continuous Scandinavian presence and wholly Norse character, including families, with a very clear presence of Norse women, and graves with rich inventories. Thirdly, Wolin was fortified while none of the other aforementioned emporia was protected by a wall. Another striking element of the archaeology of Wolin includes plait-work of “the Pomeranian School of Insular-Scandinavian Art”.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 65, 143-151 p.
Archaeology, Jómsborg, Wolin (Wollin), Slavic-Scandinavian contacts, Southern Baltic, Viking Age
Research subject Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-241343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-241343DiVA: diva2:778543