Hadley, D. M. and Richards, J. D., (2018). In search of the Viking Great Army: beyond the winter camps. Medieval Settlement Research 33. Vol 33, pp. 1-17.

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In search of the Viking Great Army: beyond the winter camps
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Medieval Settlement Research 33
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Medieval Settlement Research
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33
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1 - 17
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MSR33_001-017-Hadley_and_Richards_corrected.pdf (14 MB) : Download
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Our research on the winter camp of the Viking Great Army at Torksey (Lincolnshire) has demonstrated that the assemblage – of over 1500 artefacts – was largely deposited in a single episode, over the winter of 872-3. This assemblage is mirrored at a second camp at Aldwark (North Yorkshire) and together these sites therefore provide an artefactual ‘signature’ for the activities of the Great Army, and its offshoots. Subsequently, we have sought traces of that signature beyond the winter camps. Returning to the archetypal Anglo-Scandinavian settlement at Cottam (East Yorkshire), an initial but transient Great Army phase has been identified, prior to the establishment of the Anglo-Scandinavian farmstead. This paper defines the characteristics of the Great Army signature, and identifies some 30 additional sites where it can now be seen. Some lie in the vicinity of former Anglo-Saxon estate centres, royal residences, and major churches. Many are at strategic locations, along the primary communications routes formed by Roman roads and ancient trackways, or on major rivers, including several at key crossing points.
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Dawn M Hadley
Julian D Richards
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2018
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2046-5211
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20 Nov 2018