Long-Distance Trade of Silver during the Viking Age: Provenance Determination of Silver Coins, Perm'/Glazov and Duesminde Rings

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The project aims to understand the development of long-distance communication and networks between Northern Europe and Eurasia by examining how did the origin of silver change through time during the Viking Age. The research will focus on applying chemical and isotopic analysis on rings and coins made of silver, found across Scandinavia. Such analyses will give information on where the silver originated from, and therefore help us understand the changes in trade routes and interactions.

Objects found in hoards, and the materials which they were made of, provide a valuable foundation for studying communication and trade networks in the Early Middle Ages. Among such finds, one of the most intriguing groups of silver objects are Perm'/Glazov and Duesminde ring types. They are evidence of trans-regional, socio-economical syncretism between communities in Northern Europe and Asia. Alongside rings, an important indicator of dynamic long-distance relationships is the vast number of silver coins found in hoards.

By studying the provenance of silver, it is possible to comprehend the evolution of supra-regional dynamic trading network through time. The study will also reflect on the production technology of Perm´/Glazov and Duesminde ring types, and their relationship with silver coins. Studying silver present in rings and coins offer a promising research approach to advancing our understanding of the long-distance networks in the Early Middle Ages.
Effective start/end date01/09/201731/08/2020



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