Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Silver, Butter, ClothMonetary and Social Economies in the Viking Age$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jane Kershaw, Gareth Williams, Søren Sindbæk, and James Graham-Campbell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198827986

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198827986.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 18 July 2019

The Importance of Containers for the Deposition and Non-Retrieval of Silver Hoards

The Importance of Containers for the Deposition and Non-Retrieval of Silver Hoards

A Comparison between Gotland and Pomerania

Chapter:
(p.169) 9 The Importance of Containers for the Deposition and Non-Retrieval of Silver Hoards
Source:
Silver, Butter, Cloth
Author(s):

Jacek Gruszczynski

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198827986.003.0010

This chapter investigates the reasons for the deposition and non-retrieval of Viking Age silver hoards, focusing on the two areas with the biggest hoard concentrations in the Baltic zone: Gotland and Pomerania (the southern shore of the Baltic sea area in modern-day northern Germany and Poland). The chapter advances a new model for determining the possible reasons for hoard deposition and non-retrieval, arguing that hoards intended for retrieval were placed in containers, with containerless hoards likely deposited for ritual motives, without the intention of recovery. The impact on local soil chemistry on the preservation of hoard containers is considered. The evidence for containers is then integrated with analysis of the weight of hoards and local settlement archaeology. A key finding is that, on Gotland, the practice of symbolically depositing small silver hoards on ‘broken fields’ (newly established farms) was widespread.

Keywords:   silver hoards, reasons for deposition, containers, soil chemistry, Gotland, Pomerania, broken fields

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .