After the successful edition of the book on the voyages by the Norwegian Ohthere, Ohthere's Voyages , the Viking Ship Museum now presents the lesser-known travelogue which accompanies Ohthere's report in the Old English version of Orosius' world history. The narrative begins with these words: "Wulfstan said that he travelled from the Heaths, that he was in Truso in seven days and nights, that the boat was all the way running under sail"
Wulfstan's account covers a voyage from the root of Jutland to the Vistula Delta - connecting the trading centres of Hedeby and Truso - and provides a rare and vivid view of the south-eastern Baltic Sea region in the early Viking Age, including aspects of inland navigation and local culture.
In the new volume, thirty scholars from seven countries interpret the original source and present its geographical, cultural, nautical and economic context in the light of recent investigations. In order to gain a better understanding of Wulfstan's navigational account, the Viking Ship Museum contributed with a trial voyage from Hedeby to Gda?sk with the Skuldelev 1-reconstruction Ottar af Roskilde . Manned by a group of volunteers, this cargo vessel managed to cover the distance faster than Wulfstan did in his time.
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Athena Trakadas is a curator at the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde, Denmark, and co-editor of the Journal of Maritime Archaeology. She is a commercial diver and holds BAs in Classics and Anthropology, a MA in Nautical Archaeology, a Cand.Mag. in Roman Archaeology, and a PhD in maritime archaeology.Review:
Wulfstans Voyage is a welcome addition to the literature on the lands round the Baltic Sea in the early Middle Ages and it also presents a fresh study of an important, brief geographical text. With a wealth of information in the text, the volume also is lavishly illustrated with photographs, maps, and charts.' (Benjamin Hudson, Pennsylvania State University International Journal of Maritime History)
This volume refocuses our attention on the importance of the maritime and littoral regions of northern medieval Europe, and more specifically the Mare Balticum.' (Shannon Lewis-Simpson Antiquity, Vol. 84, No. 325, 2010)
[...]a valuable overview of our present knowledge of seafaring and life in the coastal areas around the southern Baltic Sea in the ninth and tenth centuries.' (Roeland Paardekooper; Eindhoven, The Netherlands The Northern Mariner/le marin du nord)
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