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Viking Age : A Time of Many Faces - by Caroline Ahlstrom Arcini (Hardcover)

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The majority of literature about the Viking period, based on artifacts or written sources, covers battles, kings, chiefs and mercenaries, long distance travel and colonization, trade, and settlement. Less is said about the life of those that stayed at home or those that immigrated into Scandinavia, whether voluntarily or by force.

This book uses results from the examination of a substantial corpus of Swedish osteological material to discuss aspects of demography and health in the Viking period – those which would have been visible and recognizable in the faces or physical appearances of the individuals concerned. It explores the effects of migration, from the spread of new diseases such as leprosy to patterns of movement and integration of immigrants into society. The skeletal material also allows the study of levels of violence, attitudes towards disablement, and the care provided by Viking communities. An overview of the worldwide phenomenon of modified teeth also gives insight into the practice of deliberate physical embellishment and body modification.

The interdisciplinary approach to questions regarding ordinary life presented here will broaden the knowledge about society during the Viking Age. The synthesis of the Swedish unburnt human skeletal remains dated to the Viking age will be a valuable resource for future research and provides an in-depth view on Viking age society.
Number of Pages: 120 p. ;
Genre: History, Social Science, Science
Sub-Genre: Life Sciences, Europe, Archaeology
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: David Brown Book Co
Book theme: Biology, Scandinavia
Author: Caroline Ahlstrom Arcini
Language: English
Street Date: June 25, 2018
TCIN: 53906509
UPC: 9781785709388
Item Number (DPCI): 248-09-0881
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