The elusive Norse harbours of The North Atlantic: why they were abandoned, and why they are so hard to find

Mehler, Natascha and Gardiner, Mark and Dugmore, Andrew and Coolen, Joris (2015) The elusive Norse harbours of The North Atlantic: why they were abandoned, and why they are so hard to find. In: Häfen im 1. Millennium AD: Bauliche Konzepte, Herrschaftliche under Religiöse Einflüsse. RGZM – Tagungen (22). Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums, Mainz, pp. 313-321. ISBN 978884672495

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The insular ports are characterized by a very limited infrastructure which meant that they could be established and abandoned according to environmental or commercial conditions. Infrequently jetties were made of stone or possibly also wood, but in most cases archaeological evidence is lost. Often, natural features, such as horizontal stone banks of cliffs were used as natural landing bridges and ships unloaded there. Temporary booths that were little more than camping grounds were used by merchants; rarely storehouses were constructed (such as those related to Greenland harbours). In many cases the harbours fell out of use, the settlements were abandoned and the archaeological remains are yet to be identified.

Keywords:Harbours, Norse, North Atlantic
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V130 Medieval History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V400 Archaeology
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (Heritage)
ID Code:29717
Deposited On:23 Nov 2017 23:56

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