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A Bronze Ornament of Western European Origin, found in Northern Norway*

  • Thorleif Sjøvold

The Viking raids on Western Europe are well-known from written, historical records. It has been suggested, however, that if those sources had not existed, we should have been obliged to reconstruct the history of the Vikings on a foundation of purely archaeological evidence. Typically Scandinavian graves on Western European territory bear witness to visits by Scandinavian people; and numerous finds of Scandinavian weapons also give some indication of the purpose of the visits.

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1 Reviewed in ANTIQUITY no. 85, March 1948.

2 ‘ Noen Nord-Norske handelsproblemer i jernalderen ‘, Viking III, Oslo 1939.

3 Jan Petersen : Vikingetidens smykker, fig. 37 : 1.

4 Romilly Allen : Celtic Art in Pagan and Christian Times, plate opposite p. 226.

5 Figured in several works, e.g. Bernhard Salin : Die altgermanische Thierornamentik.

6 Pär Olsén : Die Saxe von Valsgärde, Uppsala 1945, p. 92 ff.

7 Johs. Brøndsted : Early English Ornament, fig. 97.

8 ibid, fig. 117.

9 T. D. Kendrick : Anglo-Saxon Art to A.D. 900, plate LX.

10 ibid, plate LXI.

11 Brøndsted, loc. cit., fig. 113 ; Kendrick, loc. cit., pl. LXXI.

12 Brøndsted, loc. cit., fig. 86.

13 Baldwin Brown : The Arts in Early England, vol. III, plate LXIII, I.

* This article has been published previously in the Norwegian language in the year-book of the Stavanger Museum (Stavanger Museums Årbok 1946) and is printed here in English by kind permission of the director of that museum, Dr. Jan Petersen.

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