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Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:13 AM

Swedes find Viking-era Arab coins
http://news.bbc.co.u...ope/7330540.stm


Swedish archaeologists have discovered a rare hoard of Viking-age silver Arab coins near Stockholm's Arlanda airport.

About 470 coins were found on 1 April at an early Iron Age burial site. They date from the 7th to 9th Century, when Viking traders travelled widely.

There has been no similar find in that part of Sweden since the 1880s.

Most of the coins were minted in Baghdad and Damascus, but some came from Persia and North Africa, said archaeologist Karin Beckman-Thoor.

The team from the Swedish National Heritage Board had just started removing a stone cairn at the site "when we suddenly found one coin and couldn't understand why it was there", she told the BBC News website.


"We continued digging and found more coins and realised it was a Viking-age hoard." The coins were left there in about AD850, she said.

Such Viking hoards usually come from Gotland - a large Swedish island in the Baltic Sea, she explained. :charge:

"No Viking was buried at this site - the grave is older. Maybe the Vikings thought the hoard would be protected by ancestors," Ms Beckman-Thoor added. Vikings had settled in a village nearby.

The Vikings travelled widely in their longships in the Baltic region and Russia from the late 8th to the 11th Century. They are known to have travelled as far as North Africa and Constantinople (now Istanbul). B)

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Posted 04 April 2008 - 06:41 PM

Cool, I love reading about pre-modern circulation of currencies across international bounds. I like the info about Song Dynasty (and a sparse amount of Tang Dynasty) coins found in East Africa as well.

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Posted 05 April 2008 - 03:35 PM

This is not surprising. Vikings had connections with the Byzantine Empire and founded Russia/Ukraine (Kieven Rus) they often did business on the borders of European Christian and Pagan areas and Islamic area. During the dark age, Europe did not meant many coins, and often used coins from the Muslim Caliphates (usually Silver) as a means of currency.

I'm actually reading a book about this. "Power and Plenty: Trade, War, and the World Economy in the Second Millennium", Findlay and O'Rourke...good read.


http://www.amazon.co...c/dp/069111854X

Most historians (at least in America) focus on Vikings attacking France and the UK...but the Vikings were just as numerous (maybe more so) in the Eastern Baltic region and as far South as modern Turkey (as mentioned above).

International trade was frequent even in the ancient world...there was much trade between China, India, Middle East, North Africa, Europe (especially along the Mediterranean), and also East Africa since mid-Roman times all the way until today.

The Silk Road is famous but people were also transporting a lot by ship at ports, from China, through South East Asia, to the India Ocean, to Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. From there usually over land into the Eastern Med and too Greece, Italy, France, Spain..even the UK.
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Posted 06 April 2008 - 06:22 AM

Dont forget the famous account of Ibn Fadlan about the lives and customs of Viking Traders/Slavers that came from the Baltic via Russia's Rivers to cross the Black And Caspian Seas to trade with Persia and the Turks.

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 07:00 AM

Dont forget the famous account of Ibn Fadlan about the lives and customs of Viking Traders/Slavers that came from the Baltic via Russia's Rivers to cross the Black And Caspian Seas to trade with Persia and the Turks.

I don't know that story. Can you give us some background please?

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Posted 06 April 2008 - 07:57 AM

I don't know that story. Can you give us some background please?



http://www.vikingans.../ibn_fdln.shtml

try that link...
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