Scoto-Scandinavian 'ring-money' and Ireland
Shetland Heritage Publications
‘Ring-money’ is the term used to describe a distinctive type of silver ring manufactured in Scandinavian Scotland during the mid 10th and mid 11th century, where it may have been used as a form of currency. Although the term was used by 19th-century antiquarians and ethnologists to describe ring-shaped objects from various periods and cultures, including the Viking Age, its usage in now generally restricted to the particular type of ring that is characteristic of Viking Age Scotland. The aim of this paper is to outline and consider the occurrence of this diagnostically Scoto-Scandinavian cultural artefact type in Viking Age Ireland.
Ring money , Scandinavian Scotland , Scoto-Scandinavian culture , Viking age Ireland , Viking age , Viking age archaeology , Viking Ireland , Hiberno-Scandinavian
Sheehan, J. (2016) 'Scoto-Scandinavian 'ring-money' and Ireland', in Turner, V. E., Owen, O. A. and Waugh D. J. (ed.) Shetland and the Viking World: Papers from the Proceedings of the Seventeenth Viking Congress, Lerwick, Lerwick: Shetland Heritage Publications, pp. 271-277. isbn: 978-0-9932740-3-9
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