There is a fascinating new study on burial practices available in Open Access. It discusses the decline of grave goods in northwestern Europe during the early medieval period. Talk about cultural exchanges… I’m definitely on the look-out for studies that can explain a bit more why this process occurred! Read the article (and a link to the original study in Open Access) on Medievalists.net.
Sometimes I add a little pre-Viking Age context to the website. Here’s a little post-Viking Age context about climate change. The period of the Viking Age saw its own changes. I’ve referred to them in articles about Greenland, here and here. Just last week, Science Alert published an article about Europe in the fourteenth century. It had me thinking some more, at least, because it gives an interesting parallel (not analogue, mind you) read to the current climate debate.
Two different approaches to the history of the year 1000.
Follow the cultural routes.
A bit of European history for you.
Context first. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a history buff!