Danish archeologists have found a fully intact Pre-Viking Age ceramic wine pitcher at Ribe, in western Jutland. The pitcher was made in either present day France or Belgium during the Merovingian age in the period between the years 450 to 750.
The discovery of this Frankish artifact at Ribe is challenging the theory that the market place there started as a local place for exchange of goods, and only during the actual Viking Age closer to the year 800 did international trade occur. It is yet another piece of evidence that indicates that the Norse had contacts with the rest of Europe before the well-established (but somewhat simplistic) year 793 theory that the Vikings “suddenly exploded out from Scandinavia” to begin the Viking Age!
Read more: Eb.dk (in Danish)