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Routes and long-distance traffic: the nodal points of Wulfstan's voyage

Sindbæk, Søren (2009) Routes and long-distance traffic: the nodal points of Wulfstan's voyage. In: Englert, A. and Trakadas, A., (eds.) Wulfstan's Voyage. The Baltic Sea Region in the Early Viking Age as Seen from Shipboard. Maritime Culture of the North . The Viking Ship Museum , Roskilde , pp. 72-78. ISBN 978-87-85180-56-8

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Wulfstan, author of the sole preserved contemporary description of the 9th-century southern Baltic littoral, is an enigmatic fi gure. From archaeology we have learned that the coast he followed was at this time speckled with trading ports, large and small. Yet not only does Wulfstan’s party call in none of these ports, but his description omits them completely, while supplying consistently accurate information on the islands passed to the north. Was Wulfstan therefore badly informed? To approach an answer it will be useful to consider more closely the relationship between the activities he was engaged in and his geographical knowledge.

Item Type: Book Section
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Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Archaeology (York)
Depositing User: Mrs Eva Fairnell
Date Deposited: 20 Aug 2010 12:49
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 23:05
Status: Published
Publisher: The Viking Ship Museum
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/11111

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