Ancient Scandinavia: An Archaeological History from the by T. Douglas Price

By T. Douglas Price

Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the fashionable nations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, used to be the final a part of Europe to be inhabited by way of people. no longer until eventually the tip of the final Ice Age while the melting of big ice sheets left in the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the area. The archaeological checklist of those prehistoric cultures, a lot of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's bathrooms, lakes, and fjords, has given us a close portrait of the evolution of human society on the fringe of the inhabitable world.

In this publication, distinctive archaeologist T. Douglas fee presents a background of Scandinavia from the coming of the 1st people to the top of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. the 1st e-book of its variety in English in lots of years, historic Scandinavia good points overviews of every prehistoric epoch by means of illustrative examples from the region's wealthy archaeology. An engrossing and finished photo of swap around the millennia emerges, displaying how human society developed from small bands of hunter-gatherers to giant farming groups to the complicated warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a long time, cultures which culminated within the astonishing upward thrust of the Vikings on the finish of the prehistoric interval. the cloth proof of those earlier societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock artwork, superbly wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give bright testimony to the traditional peoples of Scandinavia and to their huge contacts with the distant cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean

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