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Traders, looters or settlers?

Constructing a chronology for the westward Viking expansion

Bradford Vikings boat

Reconstruction Viking boats at the Lofotr Vikingmuseum, Lofoten Islands, Norway.  Copyright D. Starley

Welcome to ‘Viking Chronologies’

The image of Viking raiders is familiar from popular television and film, and evidence for migration from Scandinavia in the Viking period is found on archaeological sites across the North Atlantic from Shetland to North America. Historical documents have been used to indicate the timing and nature of this migration, but scientific dating evidence from archaeological sites increasingly suggests complex behaviour over an extended period of time.

This project, funded by the British Academy, aims to evaluate and reinterpret the scientific and archaeological dating evidence, in order to discuss the timing, duration, nature and impact of the migration. In addition to addressing academic questions, the project is also developing resources for teachers and children, using archaeological evidence to explore Viking migration and settlement.

The project started in October 2012. For more information, please visit the project blog.

You can also contact the project co-ordinator, Dr Cathy Batt or email her at

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