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The Valkyries' Loom: The Archaeology of Cloth Production and Female Power in the North Atlantic

Michèle Hayeur Smith

Abstract

In The Valkyries’ Loom, Michèle Hayeur Smith examines Viking textiles as evidence of the little-known work of women in the Norse colonies that expanded from Scandinavia across the North Atlantic in the ninth century AD. While previous researchers have overlooked textiles as insignificant artifacts, Hayeur Smith is the first to use them to understand gender and economy in Norse societies of the North Atlantic.This groundbreaking study is based on the author’s systematic comparative analysis of the vast textile collections in Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Scotland, and the Faroe Islands, material ... More

Keywords: North Atlantic, Norse women, Little Ice Age, archaeology, gender, women, textile, Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813066622
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813066622.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michèle Hayeur Smith, author
Brown University