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Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England

14 June 2013

Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England

New research by Jane Kershaw has overturned the idea that the Viking conquest of England was an all-male affair. 

Jane's work is published in a new book from Oxford University Press entitled Viking Identities: Scandinavian Jewellery in England

Her book outlines how the presence of Scandinavian-style female jewellery in Britain suggests that in fact large numbers of women travelled over from the Scandinavian homelands during this period and provides a fresh perspective on the location of Viking settlements.

As Jane indicates:

"Within the last 20-25 years, our picture of the Viking invasion has changed dramatically. There has been an explosion of new finds of Viking-Age metalwork recovered from areas of known Scandinavian settlement.
Surprisingly prominent within the new finds is female jewellery in Scandinavian styles: brooches and pendants worn by women in everyday dress