author={John J. Sheehan},
  journal={Acta Archaeologica},
  • J. Sheehan
  • Published 1 July 2008
  • History
  • Acta Archaeologica

The Beginning of the Viking Age in the West

During the Viking Age, Arctic Scandinavia was a source of exquisite furs, down, walrus ivory, and other commodities that met with high demand in England and on the Continent. Hitherto, the earliest

Down by the River: Exploring the Logistics of Viking Encampment across Atlantic Europe

Like any other medieval mariner, itinerant viking hosts would regularly have made their way ashore to regroup and reinforce their constituent craft and crews. Accordingly, historical and

An Exploration of Irish Surname History through Patrilineal Genetics

Y-haplogroups were generated from the DNA of 630 Irish male subjects using an assay specifically developed for the region and it is believed that this assay may be beneficial in determining if an unknown DNA sample is of Western European origin and even in some cases, if a more specific Irish origin can be predicted.

The slave markets of the Viking world: comparative perspectives on an ‘invisible archaeology’

ABSTRACT Slaving was a prominent activity among raiding and mercantile groups operating across the early medieval world during the Viking Age (c. 750–1050 CE). Historical sources provide explicit


In this paper, we present results from recent investigations of the Early Viking Age fortified manor at Erritsø, South-East Jutland. The Erritsø manor is surrounded by a moat with an inner palisade

Art and Society



A Viking Age Gold Hoard from Ireland

in the sixth century B.C., contemporary with the Hallstatt D phase of central European culture, and is succeeded by Phase I la with which brooches of 'Middle la Tene'-type construction are

Review - H. B. Clarke, M. N Mhaonaigh, R. Ó Floinn (eds.): Ireland and Scandinavia in the Early Viking Age

phy and Index, is excellent. For the advanced student of theory, this may soon become the most important part of the book. Johnson’s choice of reading and his commentsabout the different titles are

The Viking-age silver hoard from Kilmacomma, Co Waterford: a Woodstown connection?

Detailed description of a Viking-age hoard from Kilmacomma, Co Waterford, found in February/March 1981, and to be dated between c.880 and c.940. Its contents appear closely related to the materials

The slave trade of Dublin, ninth to twelfth centuries

From the ninth century, the taking of slaves was an integral part of Viking warfare. Though never the prime motive for raiding, it was a means of indicating defiance and was followed up by the

The Viking-age gold and silver of Scotland, AD 850-1100

A fully-illustrated academic catalogue, this volume brings together the major collections of Viking gold and silver non-numismatic material found in Scotland, now in the National Museums of Scotland,

The Vikings in Southern Uí Néill until 1014

This paper provides a brief survey of Viking influence in Southern Ui Neill to 1014. The evidence highlights the resilience of both churches and polities in the face of Viking attacks, compared to

Viking Kings of Britain and Ireland: The Dynasty of Ivarr to A.D. 1014

Vikings plagued the coasts of Ireland and Britain in the 790s. Over time, their raids became more intense and by the mid-ninth century vikings had established a number of settlements in Ireland and