Ancient Scandinavia: An Archaeological History from the First Humans to the Vikings

Hardcover | July 24, 2015

byT. Douglas Price

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Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the modern countries of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, was the last part of Europe to be inhabited by humans. Not until the end of the last Ice Age when the melting of huge ice sheets left behind a fresh, barren land surface, about 13,000 BC, did the firsthumans arrive and settle in the region. The archaeological record of these prehistoric cultures, much of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's bogs, lakes, and fjords, has given us a detailed portrait of the evolution of human society at the edge of the inhabitable world. In this book, distinguished archaeologist T. Douglas Price provides a history of Scandinavia from the arrival of the first humans to the end of the Viking period, ca. AD 1050. The first book of its kind in English in many years, Ancient Scandinavia features overviews of each prehistoric epochfollowed by illustrative examples from the region's rich archaeology. An engrossing and comprehensive picture of change across the millennia emerges, showing how human society evolved from small bands of hunter-gatherers to large farming communities to the complex warrior cultures of the Bronze andIron Ages, cultures which culminated in the spectacular rise of the Vikings at the end of the prehistoric period. The material evidence of these past societies - arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock art, beautifully wrought weaponry, Viking warships - give vivid testimony to theancient peoples of Scandinavia and to their extensive contacts with the remote cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean

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Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the modern countries of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, was the last part of Europe to be inhabited by humans. Not until the end of the last Ice Age when the melting of huge ice sheets left behind a fresh, barren land surface, about 13,000 BC, did the firsthumans arrive and settle in the region. The arc...

T. Douglas Price is Weinstein Professor of European Archaeology Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and honorary Professor in the Department of Prehistoric Archaeology at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. His previous books include Europe before Rome, Images of the Past, Europe's First Farmers, and Principles of Archaeolo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:520 pages, 10.12 × 7.8 × 1.42 inPublished:July 24, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface1. Place, Time, and Archaeology2. The First Inhabitants (13,000-9500 BC)3. The Last Hunters (9500-4000 BC)4. The First Farmers (4000-2800 BC)5. Neolithic Societies (2800-1800 BC)6. Bronze Warriors (1800-800 BC)7. The Age of Iron (800 BC-AD 750)8. Vikings! (AD 750-1050)9. A View to the PastIllustration CreditsReferencesIndex

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"This book provides a comprehensive overview of the archaeology of Scandinavia, from the first inhabitants 15,000 years ago to the time of the Vikings. The author's focus on specific sites of settlements, burials, and treasure deposits shows the reader clearly how archaeologists reconstructancient societies from the material evidence." --Peter S. Wells, University of Minnesota