Eastern Way III - Catastrophe and Opportunity

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Eastern Way III - Catastrophe and Opportunity

The 6th Century was a period of unrest and reorganization throughout Scandinavia. In this episode we are going to explore the evidence we have for these dynamic years and what may have caused this unrest. Ultimately, we want to discover how this era may have led to the establishment of powerful ruling dynasties like those who constructed Gamla Uppsala.

Along the way we’ll talk about the sun going dark, explore the benefits of burying your wealth and the discuss the possible origins of a truly monstrous winter.

I hope you enjoy.



In Austrvegr: The Role of the Eastern Baltic in Viking Age Communication across the Baltic Sea by Marika Mägi

The Emergence of Rus 750 - 1200 by Simon Franklin and Jonathan Shepard

The Age of the Vikings by Anders Winroth

The Baltic Region, Russia, Byzantium and the Caliphate in The Vikings by Else Roesdahl. Translated by Kristen Williams and Susan Margeson

Chapter 6 - Across the Baltic in The Vikings: A history by Robert Ferguson

Part V: The Vikings in the East in The Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings by John Haywood

Scandinavians in European Russia by Thomas S. Noonan in The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings edited by Peter Sawyer

The Viking Age in Finland by Torsten Edgren in The Viking World edited by Stefan Brink in collaboration with Neil Price

The Vikings and the Eastern Baltic by Heiki Valk in The Viking World edited by Stefan Brink in collaboration with Neil Price

The Viking Rus and Byzantium by Jonathan Shepard in The Viking World edited by Stefan Brink in collaboration with Neil Price

An Arena for Higher Powers: Ceremonial Buildings and Religious Strategies for Rulership in Late Iron Age Scandinavia by Olof Sundqvist

Ancient Scandinavia by T. Douglas Price

Crisis of the 6th Century

An Iron Age Shock Doctrine – Did the AD 536-7 event trigger large-scale social changes in the Mälaren valley area? by Daniel Löwenborg

The Mystery Cloud of 536 CE in the Mediterranean Sources by Antti Arjava

Twilight of the gods? The ‘dust veil event’ of AD 536 in critical perspective by Bo Gräslund and Neil Price

The Year 536 and the Scandinavian Gold Hoards by Morton Axboe

Climate and causation in the Swedish Iron Age: Learning from the present to understand the past by Mats Widgren

Mead-halls of the Ancient Geats: Elite Settlements and Political Geography AD 375-1000 in Östergötland, Sweden. by Martin Rundkvist

Primary Sources

Heimskringla I translated by Anthony Faulkes and Alison Finley.

Prose Edda translated by Jesse Byock

Poetic Edda translated by Carolyn Larrington

Gamla Uppsala

Dating Two Royal Mounds of Old Uppsala by John Ljungkvist

Gamla Uppsala – the emergence of a centre and a magnate complex by John Ljungkvist and Per Frölund

Gamla Uppsala — Structural Development of a Centre in Middle Sweden by John Ljungkvist, Per Frölund · Hans Götheberg and Daniel Löwenborg

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