The Early Medieval Trading Centres of Northern Europe
University of Manchester
Museum of London
The second half of the first millennium witnessed the development in northern Europe of a network of maritime trading centres that are often referred to by archaeologists as ‘wics.’ This book examines the nature of these settlements thematically in eleven papers written by specialists with first hand knowledge of the archaeological evidence. Place names, pottery, glass, coins, animal bones and burials are all discussed. Other aspects of ‘wics’, including their discovery, investigation, interpretation, and economic and social bases, are also considered. In addition, there are gazetteers describing individual sites and a selection of contemporary sources. Contributors include Paul Bennett, Vera Evison, Lyn Blackmore, Mark Gardiner, Richard Kemp, David Perkins, Alan Vince and Keith Wade.