This study examines the trade relationships and methods of exchange between Harbor sites on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea and the East. Evidence for this exchange can be seen at a number of sites on the Baltic Sea and in Russia. While a great many sites, such as Birka and Staraya Ladoga, show evidence of trade with the East, sites on Gotland are especially abundant with it. Numerous silver hoards have been found on the island, containing thousands of Arabic coins. Furthermore, artifacts from the East have been found in burials as grave goods at a number of sites. In this study, I attempt to understand Gotland’s role in this trade network by placing it in the role of a center for production and redistribution.
Kardulias, P. Nicholas
Becker, Maxwell D., "Gotland and the East: A Study of Viking Age Trade Relationships Between Major Ports and the Swedish Island of Gotland" (2017). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 7791.
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Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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