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Viking Place-Names and Viking Decorative Styles in England

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Project information

Project status

In progress 2016 - 2018


Mattias Jacobsson

Research subject

In the archaeological material from Viking period England, finds of objects decorated in various Scandinavian styles abound. Since the typology and dating of these styles is well-researched and understood, it can be assumed that the context and find locales of the objects can be used to shed light on the meaning and contexts of Scandinavian place-names as well.

This project maps Scandinavian decorated artefacts and their relation to Scandinavian place-names with the aim of gaining a better understanding of Viking settlement in the English Danelaw. Databases such as the English Place-Name Society DB and the Portable Antiquities Scheme are used in the project.