- Can I determine from the composition of the stone used for the vessels where the stone originally came from?
- Did all the vessels in each region come from the same source, or more than one source?
- Did people of different status get their steatite vessels from the same sources or from different ones?
My enrollment will officially start in January, but I am so excited to be undertaking this project that I have already begun some preliminary steps (including waking this blog back up). If anyone thinks this project sounds cool and would like to know more about Viking Age soapstone, I recommend the book, Soapstone in the North. Quarries, Products and People 7000 BC - AD 1700, which just came out this year, as a wonderful source for what is already known on the topic.