The Norse and the Sea: the Maritime Cultural Landscape of Scandinavian Scotland
Paper by Alex Sanmark and Shane McLeod
Given at the Archaeological Research in Progress Conference 2023 of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland on May 27, 2023
Abstract: This paper presents early results of the ongoing research project The Norse and the Sea with particular emphasis on the fieldwork carried out on the Isle of Eigg in September 2022. The project investigates the maritime cultural landscape in Scandinavian Scotland (c. AD 790-1350), through an interdisciplinary approach using archaeological, written and toponymic evidence and address the overarching questions of connectivity and communication in Norse Scotland.
Alex Sanmark has been involved in many research projects, such as The Assembly Project, which led to the publication of her book Viking Law and Order. She has also studied the Christianisation of Scandinavia, as well as in Orkney. Shane McLeod studies aspects of Viking Age migration to and within Britain. Together they are working on the Norse and the Sea project funded by the Arts AHRC and the German Research Foundation.
In 2022, fieldwork on the Isle of Eigg revealed clues about how Scotland was connected to other locations in the Viking age.
— Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (@socantscot) April 13, 2023
Top Image: Isle of Eigg – photo by James Austin / Flickr