In our continuing series of interviews with archaeologist newsmakers, Rick Pettigrew interviews Søren Sindbaek, a principal investigator of the Northern Emporium Project.  This ambitious excavation effort seeks to detail the development of trade networks at Ribe, the first Scandinavian city, at the time when the Viking Age emerged.  This work is yielding a detailed view on the timing and socioeconomic processes during the first phase of long-distance Viking trading voyages and helps address the question: What brought about the Viking Age?

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How an ancient solar flare illuminated the start of the Viking Age (Science News)

News about Ribe, an Early Medieval Emporium from the 8th Century (Medieval.eu)

Northern Emporium Project (Aarhus University)

Thousands of objects discovered in Scandinavia’s first Viking city (Science Nordic)

Vikings (Wikipedia)