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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages$
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Jayne Carroll, Andrew Reynolds, and Barbara Yorke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266588

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.001.0001

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Viking Age and Medieval Assemblies in Western Norway: Approaches to Identification of Sites

Viking Age and Medieval Assemblies in Western Norway: Approaches to Identification of Sites

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(p.127) 6 Viking Age and Medieval Assemblies in Western Norway: Approaches to Identification of Sites
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Power and Place in Europe in the Early Middle Ages
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Halldis Hobæk

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266588.003.0006

While the socio-political and judicial role and importance of assemblies in Viking Age and medieval Norway has been discussed by generations of historians, the physical aspects of assembly sites and their precise locations has, until recently, been an under-researched topic. Very few assembly sites have been identified. Focusing on Western Norway, this chapter discusses approaches to identifying such sites. It is argued that while archaeology offers great potential for future studies in this field, a multi-disciplinary approach to the locating of sites from Viking and medieval times is preferable. By combining information from historical records and onomastic material, eighty-three documented probable or possible sites have been identified, thus significantly augmenting the number of known thing sites within the research area.

Keywords:   assembly sites, thing sites, socio-political and judicial role, Western Norway, Viking and medieval times

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