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Viking Law and OrderPlaces and Rituals of Assembly in the Medieval North$
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Alexandra Sanmark

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474402293

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402293.001.0001

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The Norse in the North Atlantic: Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland

The Norse in the North Atlantic: Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland

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(p.162) 7 The Norse in the North Atlantic: Iceland, Faroe Islands and Greenland
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Viking Law and Order
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Alexandra Sanmark

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474402293.003.0007

Chapter 7 moves to the North Atlantic to the regions settled by the Norse people, starting with Iceland, the Faroes and Greenland. By close examination of thing sites and their features in these areas, it becomes clear that the overall concept behind these sites was the same as in Scandinavia and variations of the same rituals and activities seem to have taken place. The assembly site features, were, however, different in two important aspects; assembly booths were constructed and there is no coincidence between burials and assemblies. As these areas were substantially unpopulated prior to the Norse arrival, there were no monuments to reuse and no need to link back to past rulers. Instead, above all through the assembly booths, the assembly-sites connect to the recent past and current political patterns.

Keywords:   North Atlantic, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Assembly booths, Assembly, Norse

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