By Anne-Christine Larsen

This compilation of thirteen papers via students from eire, England and Denmark, think of the level and nature of Viking impression in eire. Created in shut organization with exhibitions held on the nationwide Musem of eire in 1998-99 and on the nationwide send Museum in Roskilde in 2001, the papers speak about elements of faith, paintings, literature and placenames, cities and society, drawing jointly strategies at the alternate of tradition and ideas in Viking Age eire and the level to which latest identities have been maintained, misplaced or assimilated.

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They were smaller than those of Type 1, were not divided into aisles and seldom appear to have had formal fireplaces. Their usually solitary doorway was in a side wall, generally facing south. Their floors were of- ten completely covered in woven wattle mats and their walls more often consisted of double lines of post-and-wattle than did those associated with Type 1. Less than 6 per cent of the Dublin buildings were of Type 2 and their floor areas averaged something over 15 m2. These buildings always appear to be associated with Type 1 and do not appear to have occurred on their own.

A great deal of what we know about the high-kingship of Tara comes to us from the clerical writers of the 7th century. dk The Viking Impact upon Ireland Their focus upon Tara shows how they had identified an institution that transcended all the petty tribal kingships of the island and pointed in the direction of a monarchy of the whole island. If such could be achieved then the incessant petty warfare might be reduced if not eliminated altogether. That a kingship of all Ireland took a very long time to come close to being a reality is not a sign of failure on the part of the 7th-century clergy but rather emphasizes their far-sightedness and extraordinary courage in making use of a distinctly pagan institution and their ability to give it a Christian gloss.

Each of the Fishamble Street plots had an individual pathway linking the plot and the ‘front’ end of the main building with the presumed main street. 5 m wide and mostly consisted of round or halfround logs laid on longitudinal runners. More rarely they were of gravel and paving stones. Interestingly, in Dublin at least, quality carpentry construction was occasionally used in pathway surfaces and walls after its introduction to the town about the middle of the 11th century. While Dublin’s public lanes and pathways were relatively narrow, it is likely that its streets were relatively wide if the Hiberno-Norse towns were wide enough to accommodate busy pedestrian and possibly packhorse traffic as well as the odd street market or small fair.

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