Düwel, Klaus. Handel und Verkehr der Wikingerzeit nach dem Zeugnis der Runeninschriften

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  • Author: Düwel, Klaus
  • Title: Handel und Verkehr der Wikingerzeit nach dem Zeugnis der Runeninschriften
  • Published in: Untersuchungen zu Handel und Verkehr der vor- und frühgeschichtlichen Zeit in Mittel- und Nordeuropa 4: Der Handel der Karolinger- und Wikingerzeit. Bericht über die Kolloquien der Kommission für die Altertumskunde Mittel- und Nordeuropas in den Jahren 1980 bis 1983
  • Place, Publisher: Göttingen, Vandenhoek + Ruprecht
  • Year: 1987
  • Pages: 313-357
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  • Reference: Düwel, Klaus. "Handel und Verkehr der Wikingerzeit nach dem Zeugnis der Runeninschriften." Untersuchungen zu Handel und Verkehr der vor- und frühgeschichtlichen Zeit in Mittel- und Nordeuropa 4: Der Handel der Karolinger- und Wikingerzeit. Bericht über die Kolloquien der Kommission für die Altertumskunde Mittel- und Nordeuropas in den Jahren 1980 bis 1983, pp. 313-357. Göttingen: Vandenhoek + Ruprecht, 1987.

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In the article Klaus Düwel discusses the theme of trade and traffic in the Viking Age, based on rune stones inscriptions. He states that this theme has diverse difficulties which he tries to explain, categorize and determine in the article. First of all there is the problem of dating and the question of the validity of rune stone inscriptions, which were mostly arranged at route crossings and served as panegyrical memorials of deceased, mostly high-class, men. The truth of these inscriptions cannot be verified. Furthermore, it is problematic to differentiate between trading and plundering trips of the Scandinavian people of the time. Most of the time these two activities were part of the very same trip abroad. Additionally, as Düwel states, there was no such need to differentiate between these two unequal activities. Still, a certain distinction is detectable. The author introduces different evidence of the source genre 'runic inscriptions' and goes further into detail during his explanations. He creates different categories of themes in the inscriptions: routes, destinations and means of transport, trading goods, single persons or groups doing trade, manner of death, Christian formulas and the people's motives. These shall give hints to peaceful trade or less peaceful plunder. One main similarity, which the author discovers, is the main motive, both in trade and plunder: to gain wealth and be able to acquire property to later hand down to heirs. Düwel completes his article with a list of all Vikings destinations documented in rune stones.

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References

Chapter 32: stundum í víking en stundum í kaupferðum: "Die weit ausgreifenden Wikingerzüge lassen sich nur schwer nach Raub-und Handelswiking trennen." (p. 315)

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