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By Dagfinn Skre

The Avaldsnes Royal Manor venture explores early kingship in Northern Europe, spanning the interval c. AD–1320 advert. The crucial case is the Norwegian nation and the center website is Avaldsnes close to Haugesund, Western Norway. 9th–10th century skaldic poems in addition to 13th century sagas signifies that Avaldsnes was once the valuable Viking Age royal manor. the location has produced various beautiful gravefinds from the Roman interval onwards. between them are the 3rd century Flaghaug grave and send graves from the overdue 8th century. additionally, the Oseberg send, excavated close to Oslo, is now confirmed to were equipped c. 820 close to Avaldsnes.

The Museum of Cultural heritage, collage of Oslo, excavated the Avaldsnes payment in 2011–12. A workforce of 23 students from fashionable educational associations, together with the collage of Cambridge and college university London, perform the learn. this primary of 2 volumes comprises their effects concerning the manor and its surroundings at the island of Kǫrmt by way of the Norðvegr, the sheltered crusing course alongside the West-Scandinavian coast. jointly, the chapters produce a close 1000-years’ historical past of a posh central-place region, its monuments and structures, its actions and features, its blooming and fading, and at last its downfall within the 14th century.

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