Modelling Viking Migration to the Inner Hebrides

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Until recently, the idea of large-scale Viking settlement in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides was considered unlikely. Despite a conspicuous absence of documentary evidence, the area’s long-standing Gaelic heritage was seen as proof of linguistic and cultural continuity from its Dalriadan heyday. By developing the narrative to consider other types of evidence, however, it is clear that the Norse impact on these islands was far from insignificant. This paper will review the historical record in the light of material evidence and linguistic artefacts such as place-names. After questioning aspects of currently popular approaches to ‘predatory’ migration, it will then examine how reappraisal of the practicalities of Viking Age immigration might help to inform a revised model for Norse settlement in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
JournalJournal of the North Atlantic
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventSt Magnus Conference 2011 - Orkney College, Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Apr 2011 → …


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