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West Over Sea: Studies in Scandinavian Sea-Borne Expansion and Settlement Before 1300 (Northern World) [Hardcover]

Gareth Williams , Beverly Ballin Smith , Simon Taylor


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4 July 2007 Northern World (Book 31)
This volume is a collection of 30 papers on the broad subject of the Scandinavian expansion westwards to Britain, Ireland and the North Atlantic, with a particular emphasis on settlement. The volume has been prepared in tribute to the work of Barbara E. Crawford on this subject, and to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the publication of her seminal book, Scandinavian Scotland. Reflecting Dr Crawford's interests, the papers cover a range of disciplines, and are arranged into four main sections: History and Cultural Contacts; The Church and the Cult of Saints; Archaeology, Material Culture and Settlement; Place-Names and Language. The combination provides a variety of new perspectives both on the Viking expansion and on Scandinavia's continued contacts across the North Sea in the post-Viking period. Contributors include: Lesley Abrams, Haki Antonsson, Beverley Ballin Smith, James Barrett, Paul Bibire, Nicholas Brooks, Dauvit Broun, Margaret Cormac, Neil Curtis, Clare Downham, Gillian Fellows-Jensen, Ian Fisher, Katherine Forsyth, Peder Gammeltoft, Sarah Jane Gibbon, Mark Hall, Hans Emil Liden, Christopher Lowe, Joanne McKenzie, Christopher Morris, Elizabeth Okasha, Elizabeth Ridel, Liv Schei, Jon Vioar Sigurosson, Brian Smith, Steffen Stumann Hansen, Frans Arne Stylegard, Simon Taylor, William Thomson, Gareth Williams, Doreen Waugh and Alex Woolf.

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Beverley Ballin Smith, is an Archaeologist at the University of Glasgow whose research interests are the prehistoric and early medieval archaeology of the Northern Isles of Scotland. She was co-author with Barbara Crawford of The Biggings, Papa Stour Shetland (Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 1999). Simon Taylor, Ph.D., (1995), is a toponymist and researcher on the AHRC-funded project 'Gaelic in medieval Scotland: the evidence of names', at the Department of Celtic, University of Glasgow. He has published widely on Scottish place-names and saints' cults, including Place-Names of Fife volume 1 (of 4 volumes, Shaun Tyas, 2006). Gareth Williams, Ph.D. (1997), is a curator at the British Museum. He has published on Anglo-Saxon, Viking and Scottish topics, and has co-edited three other books on aspects of the Viking Age, including two in Brill's The Northern World series.

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