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Scandinavia, a land mass comprising the trendy nations of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, used to be the final a part of Europe to be inhabited by way of people. no longer till the top of the final Ice Age while the melting of massive ice sheets left in the back of a clean, barren land floor, approximately 13,000 BC, did the 1st people arrive and settle within the quarter. The archaeological checklist of those prehistoric cultures, a lot of it remarkably preserved in Scandinavia's bathrooms, lakes, and fjords, has given us a close portrait of the evolution of human society on the fringe of the inhabitable world.

In this booklet, exotic archaeologist T. Douglas cost presents a historical past of Scandinavia from the arriving of the 1st people to the tip of the Viking interval, ca. advert 1050. the 1st publication of its variety in English in lots of years, historic Scandinavia gains overviews of every prehistoric epoch through illustrative examples from the region's wealthy archaeology. An engrossing and finished photograph 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 striking upward thrust of the Vikings on the finish of the prehistoric interval. the fabric facts of those prior societies--arrowheads from reindeer hunts, megalithic tombs, rock paintings, fantastically wrought weaponry, Viking warships--give vibrant testimony to the traditional peoples of Scandinavia and to their large contacts with the distant cultures of the Arctic Circle, Western Europe, and the Mediterranean

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