Feasting in Viking Age Iceland: sustaining a chiefly political economy in a marginal environment

Davide Zorie, Jesse Byock, Egill Erlendsson, Steve Martin, Thomas Wake, Kevin J. Edwards

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Abstract

The authors show that the principal correlates of feasting in Viking Age Iceland were beef and barley, while feasting itself is here the primary instrument of social action. Documentary references, ethnographic analogies, archaeological excavation and biological analyses are woven together to present an exemplary procedure for the recognition of feasting more widely.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-165
Number of pages16
JournalAntiquity
Volume87
Issue number335
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013

Keywords

  • Iceland
  • palaeoeconomy
  • archaeology
  • Viking
  • Viking period
  • first millenium AD
  • ninth century AD
  • feasting
  • hall
  • social control
  • chiefly politics
  • cattle
  • barley
  • beer

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