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Viking-Age Settlement in Wales and the Evidence From Llanbedrgoch

WithMark Redknap

The question of Viking settlement in Wales has been a matter of debate for some time. Henry Loyn’s view that some Scandinavian speakers must have been present on the mainland of Wales depended largely on place-name and literary evidence. Davies has suggested that there must have been some Scandinavian settlement in N. Wales during the first half of the 10th century, though possibly at this time comprising no more than a few small communities. The usual starting point for an assessment of archaeological evidence for Viking-age settlement in Wales during this period is a combination of topographical and place-name evidence. The regular reporting of coins and lead weights of Viking type from three different fields at Glyn, Llanbedrgoch, resulted in a fuller investigation of their context by the National Museums & Galleries of Wales, starting in 1994.