Archaeological Evidence for the Different Expressions of Scandinavian Settlement in Ireland, 840–1100

Authored by: Patrick F. Wallace

The Viking World

Print publication date:  October  2008
Online publication date:  October  2008

Print ISBN: 9780415333153
eBook ISBN: 9780203412770
Adobe ISBN: 9781134318261

10.4324/9780203412770.ch32

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Abstract

Instead of speculating on what exactly the Irish chroniclers who described the mid-ninth-century Scandinavian fortresses in Ireland as longphuirt (literally ‘ship fortresses’) meant by the term, it is intended here merely to provide an overview of the archaeological evidence as it presently exists for the different types of Scandinavian-inspired settlements which existed in Viking Age Ireland.

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