By T. Douglas Price

ISBN-10: 0190231971

ISBN-13: 9780190231972

Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the trendy international locations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, was once the final a part of Europe to be inhabited by way of people. now not till the tip of the final Ice Age whilst the melting of massive ice sheets left at the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the zone. The archaeological list of those prehistoric cultures, a lot of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's toilets, lakes, and fjords, has given us a close portrait of the evolution of human society on the fringe of the inhabitable world.

In this e-book, amazing archaeologist T. Douglas cost offers a historical past of Scandinavia from the coming of the 1st people to the tip of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. the 1st booklet of its style in English in lots of years, historic Scandinavia beneficial properties overviews of every prehistoric epoch by means of illustrative examples from the region's wealthy archaeology. An engrossing and complete photo of switch around the millennia emerges, displaying how human society developed from small bands of hunter-gatherers to giant farming groups to the complicated warrior cultures of the Bronze and Iron a long time, cultures which culminated within the surprising upward thrust of the Vikings on the finish of the prehistoric interval. the cloth facts of those earlier societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock artwork, superbly wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give shiny testimony to the traditional peoples of Scandinavia and to their wide contacts with the distant cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean

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