Stockholm university

New book: Iron and the transformation of society. Reflexion of Viking Age metallurgy

The book has three contributions from Torun Zachrisson, Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson och Daniel Sahlén, who are connected to The Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.

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The Viking Age and the Early Middle Ages have been considered the period when Scandinavian people emerged on the global stage. The Scandinavians and their raids from this era are often portrayed as violent and brutal. They are less known for the development of the production of iron which in turn led to the process of creating preconditions for the building of societies, where people interacted and collaborated and formed the future together. This meant new opportunities for agriculture and architecture, but also for weaponry needs. A new society was shaped by steel.

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