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Silver, Butter, Cloth – Monetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Silver, Butter, Cloth: Monetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age

Jane Kershaw, Gareth Williams, Søren Sindbæk, and James Graham-Campbell


This book advances current debate about the nature and complexity of Viking economic systems. It explores how silver and other commodities were used in monetary and social economies across the Scandinavian world of the Viking Age (c.AD 800–1100) before and alongside the wide-scale introduction of coinage. Through a multidisciplinary approach that unites archaeological, numismatic, and metallurgical analyses, it examines the uses and sources of silver in both monetary and social transactions, addressing topics such as silver fragmentation, hoarding, and coin production and reuse. It also goes b ... More

Keywords: silver, commodity-currencies, Vikings, economy, exchange, coins/numismatics, currency, value, metallurgy, archaeology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198827986
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827986.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Kershaw, editor
Leverhulme Early Career Researcher, Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford

Gareth Williams, editor
Curator of Early Medieval Coinage, British Museum

Søren Sindbæk, editor
Lecturer in Archaeology, University of York

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