Aaron Kendall (CUNY) Connections and Networks in N Atlantic Trade
CUNY HERC Open Workshop New York, 15 October 2012 Viking Age and early medieval trade in theNorth Atlantic: Comparison of settlement sites from Iceland and Greenland Aaron Kendall The Graduate Center, City University of New York
Norse migration and potential subsequent trade routes
Three Hypotheses Addressed:1. First Viking Age settlers in the N. Atlantic brought a “Settler Kit” which could not be easily renewed.2. Because everyday artifacts were not easily replaced, status differences became blurred archaeologically.3. Increased trade resulting from expanding fish markets provided the opportunity to replenish household and elite objects in the Early Medieval Period.
Further Work• Finish inputting Greenland artifacts into database• Incorporate site phasing and temporal changes in assemblage at each site• Address wear of whetstones and nails• Add material from Skutustaðir and Sandwick• Future comparisons with Faroes, Shetland, Orkney, and Scandinavian mainland?• Make completed database accessible on the Internet