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Western Balts in the 10/11th – first half of the 13th centuries: After the Vikings and just before the Crusades

Western Balts in the 10/11th – first half of the 13th centuries: After the Vikings and just before the Crusades

Paper by Roman Shiroukhov

Given at Viking Globalization: Truso from the perspective of Baltic Commercial Centres conference, held in Elblag, Poland on May 18-19, 2015

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The study briefly represents the course and results of the post-doctoral research project, which is the first comparative study of the post-Viking age Western Balts material culture. The questions of trans-regional contacts in the area of South-Eastern Baltic, comparative analysis of the statistical data of the Western Balts ornaments, arms, horse harness, ceramics, different tools and imported goods with some general features of burial rite, cemeteries based on social structure, contact zones and trade routes are described in the study. Typology and chronology of Prussian, Curonian and Scalvian grave goods are also clarified during the research. The problem of cross-contact regions of the Western Balts, altogether with possible routes of cultural interaction and trade were also revised on a basis of newly investigated and archival data.

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