I haven’t read River Kings: The Vikings from Scandinavia to the Silk Roads, by Cat Jarman, but it looks fascinating, and it’s on sale for £0.99 at Kindle UK today (25 Sept 2022) as part of the Daily Deal. Jarman is a bioarcheologist, and the blurb indicates that she takes a small bead found in a Viking grave in Derbyshire and traces it to its origins thousands of miles to the east in Gujarat, using the process to illuminate the cultures, trade routes, etc. of the time. Plus I’m a sucker for anything dealing with the Silk Roads – mostly during the Great Game era, but I’m willing to go some centuries earlier too 😊. Oh yeah, and its webpage says it was the Times History Book of the Year in 2021.
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