Aspects of Anglo-Scandinavian York

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list of authors
R. A. Hall
D. W. Rollason
M. Blackburn
D. N. Parsons
G. Fellows-Jensen
A. R. Hall
H. K. Kenward
T. P. O'Connor
Dominic Tweddle
A. J. Mainman
Nicola S. H. Rogers
Is Part Of
The Archaeology of York [Series]
Anglo-Scandinavian York (AD 876-1066) [Volume]
volume
08
issue
04
Publisher
Council for British Archaeology for York Archaeological Trust
Date Copyrighted
2004
Date Available
Digitally available on 4 August 2023
Abstract
Key aspects of the evidence for Viking-Age or Anglo-Scandinavian York are presented in a series of thematic essays that summarise the present state of knowledge, demonstrate the approaches to the data now being taken, illustrate current scholarly preoccupations and reveal some of the themes that require further attention.

A historiographical introduction provides a context for current perceptions by summarising the main episodes of data gathering and some principal emphases of antiquarian and scholarly enquiry, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. Documentary evidence is then examined to determine what it independently indicates about the character and history of the city. The next contribution proffers interpretations of the coinage struck for York’s rulers in the period up to the final Anglo-Saxon re-conquest in the mid 10th century — some of the most precisely dated evidence for Anglo-Scandinavian York that exists. The juxtaposition of these two chapters emphasises the range of opinions that can exist about the power structures underlying York’s 10th-century urban renaissance.

Essays on long-established fields of study, the inscriptions and the street-names of Viking-Age York, both place their subjects within a national and international framework. These two essays, and that on art produced by or for the 9th- to 11th-century inhabitants, provide insights into the evolution or creation of new cultural norms. More recently established disciplines — the study of animal bones, and of other biological evidence, notably plant and insect remains — are rapidly and continuously being refined. The contributions here not only present exciting new perspectives on a wide range of topics, but also provide an updated commentary on the significance of these data.

A synthesis of recent artefact studies provides both an overview of craft activity in Jorvík and a focus upon the range of information revealed in York Archaeological Trust’s excavation of four adjacent tenement plots at 16–22 Coppergate. Evidence for the evolving topography of the settlement throughout the two centuries under discussion is presented, and an Afterword notes and briefly comments upon some of the issues raised.
Rights Holder
York Archaeological Trust
Rights
CC BY 4.0
Format
Portable Document Format (PDF)
Is Format Of
Paper publication
Identifier
GB2837-PUB-AY-8-4
oclcnum
54986562
isbn10
1902771427
isbn13
9781902771427
Type
Text
Language
English
page start
293
page end
521
number of pages
229

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