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Neil Price Virtual Book Talk – “Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings”

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - 1:00pm

Join Neil Price, a distinguished archaeologist with decades of expertise who is recognized as one of the world’s leading international authorities on the Viking and pre-Viking periods, for a rare and special opportunity to hear him talk about his new book, The Children of Ash and Elm, and the definitive history of the Vikings — from arts and culture to politics and cosmology. 

The Viking Age, from c.750 to 1050, saw an unprecedented expansion of the Scandinavian peoples into the wider world, ranging from eastern North America to the Asian steppe. But for centuries, the Vikings have been seen through the eyes of others, often distorted to suit the tastes of later times. None of these appropriations capture the real Vikings, or the richness and sophistication of their culture.

This talk introduces the story of the Vikings told on their own terms: their politics, their cosmology and religion, their material world. Known today for a stereotype of maritime violence, the Vikings exported new ideas, technologies, beliefs and practices to the lands they discovered and the peoples they encountered. And in the process were themselves changed.

Check out the book! Children of Ash and Elm by Neil Price

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Neil Price - Children of Ash & Elm
Neil Price - A History of the Vikings - Children of Ash & Elm

About Neil Price:

Neil Price is Distinguished Professor of Archaeology at Uppsala University in Sweden specializing in the study of Viking Age Scandinavia. He has been researching, teaching and writing on the Vikings for nearly 35 years and is the author of several books. Price is a key scholar whose research helped shape the touring exhibition The Vikings Begin and he is one of the authors of the related catalogue. He visited the ASI as part of that exhibition, sharing his knowledge during sessions such as Viking University Day. A specialist in the Viking Age and the pre-Christian religions of the North, his research has landed him on National Geographic specials and has taken him to more than 40 countries. For the next ten years he is directing one of Sweden's largest archaeological research projects, The Viking Phenomenon, leading an international team to explore the origins of this critical period in world history - the emergence, high point and eventual demise of the Viking age, tracing the development of the Viking age economy and the remarkably rapid transition from a relatively isolated farm society to the trade and travel oriented culture of the Viking age.

Cost: 
$5 ASI members / $8 non-members

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