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

By T. Douglas Price

Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the trendy international locations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, used to be the final a part of Europe to be inhabited through people. now not until eventually the tip of the final Ice Age whilst the melting of big ice sheets left at the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the sector. The archaeological list of those prehistoric cultures, a lot of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's toilets, lakes, and fjords, has given us a close portrait of the evolution of human society on the fringe of the inhabitable world.

In this booklet, exotic archaeologist T. Douglas fee presents a heritage of Scandinavia from the arriving 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 positive aspects overviews of every prehistoric epoch via illustrative examples from the region's wealthy archaeology. An engrossing and finished photograph of switch around the millennia emerges, exhibiting how human society advanced from small bands of hunter-gatherers to giant farming groups to the advanced warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a while, cultures which culminated within the staggering upward push of the Vikings on the finish of the prehistoric interval. the cloth facts of those earlier societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock paintings, fantastically wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give shiny 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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