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KAUPANG: The Viking Town. The Kaupang Exhibition at UKM, Oslo, 2004-2005 by Dagfinn Skre
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This s a gem of a book. It tells the story of Kaupang, the trading place at Skiringssal in the south-eastern part or Norway. Kaupang was an urban centre or town in the 9th and 10th centuries, and the book places Kaupang among the most important trading centres in the Scandinavian Viking age, along with Ribe, Birka, and Hedesby.
The book was written to accompany an exhibition held at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo back in 2004 – 2005, but can be read independently as a very good introduction to urban life in the Viking age. It contains a wealth of information on the founding and lay-out of early Scandinavian towns, on trading routes, on goods, and on crafts and daily life in a Viking town. It also has a chapter about the hall at Skiringssal, and it discusses which king or chieftain that might have founded the town. The best guess, according to the authors, is the Danish king Godfred as this part of Norway was at the northern edge of the Danish realm at the time when Kaupang was built.
Unfortunately the book is not available at Amazon. I bought it when I last visited the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo.
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