In this article, I discuss the significance of foreign objects and foreign material culture in Viking-Age Scandinavia. Changes in the use of imported objects as dress accessories show that Scandinavian peoples gradually became closer to the international community through the adaptation of foreign customs. These changes signal a shift in how Scandinavians viewed their non-Scandinavian neighbours. A study of the appropriation of foreign objects can help us to appreciate how complex the transformation of society in this era was. The article is based on a comprehensive study of the use of foreign objects in eastern Norway (Aannestad 2015).

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Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

Viking and Medieval Scandinavia

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Print ISSN: 1782-7183 Online ISSN: 2030-9902

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