Viking Disruptions or Growing Integration?: Contextualising Communication Networks in the 10th Century North Sea

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Long-distance communication has emerged as a particular focus for archaeological exploration using network theory, analysis, and modelling. Initial attempts to adapt methods from social network analysis to archaeological data have, however, struggled to produce decisive results. This paper demonstrates how formal network analysis can be combined with a contextual reading of evidence relating to a long-distance communication network in the past. A study of the combined distributions of ten vessel types in 152 settlement sites from the 10th century suggests the outline of the core structure of the network. The model implies that 10th century long-distance exchange in the North Sea region featured long-distance links equal to those of the Carolingian emporia trade, and represented a growth in terms of new axes of integration, above all the growing links between the Scandinavian Peninsula and the British Isles.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRaumbildung durch Netzwerke ? : Der Ostseeraum zwischen Wikingerzeit und Spätmittelalter aus archäologischer und geschichtswissenschaftlicher Perspektive
EditorsSunhild Kleingärtner, Gabriel Zeilinger
Number of pages20
PublisherDr. Rudolf Habelt
Publication year2012
StatePublished - 2012

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