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River Kings
River Kings: A New History of the Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads | Cat Jarman
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Follow an epic story of the Viking Age that traces the historical trail of an ancient piece of jewelry found in a Viking grave in England to its origins thousands of miles east in India. An acclaimed bioarchaeologist, Catrine Jarman has used cutting-edge forensic techniques to spark her investigation into the history of the Vikings who came to rest in British soil. By examining teeth that are now over one thousand years old, she can determine childhood dietand thereby where a person was likely born. With radiocarbon dating, she can ascertain a death-date down to the range of a few years. And her research offers enlightening new visions of the roles of women and children in Viking culture. Three years ago, a Carnelian bead came into her temporary possession. River Kings sees her trace the path of this ancient piece of jewelry back to eighth-century Baghdad and India, discovering along the way that the Vikings route was far more varied than we might thinkthat with them came people from the Middle East, not just Scandinavia, and that the reason for this unexpected integration between the Eastern and Western worlds may well have been a slave trade running through the Silk Road, all the way to Britain. Told as a riveting history of the Vikings and the methods we use to understand them, this is a major reassessment of the fierce, often-mythologized voyagers of the Northand of the global medieval world as we know it.
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shanaqui
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All finished! I would love more on the topic touched on very briefly in the last chapter: the bioarchaeology of disease. If anyone has any recs on that topic, hit me!

Anyway, this was enjoyable, though nothing very new to me.

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shanaqui

Not sure if I mentioned reading this yet... I'm finding it interesting, but Jarman is very cagey about coming to aaany conclusions.