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Introduction; Exploring Skiringssal 1771-1999; Preparing the New Campaign; Skiringssal, Kaupang, Tjolling -- the Toponumic Evidence; The Kaupang Cemeteries Revisited; Evidence from the Settlement Area 1956-1984; The Fieldwork 1998-2003: Overview and Methods; The Settlement: Extent and Dating; The Settlement: Artefacts and Site Periods; The Settlement: Character, Structures and Features; Geology, Soils, Vegetation and Sea-Levels in the Kaupang Area; Dendrochronological Dates From Kaupang; Interpreting the Plant and Animal remains from Viking-age Kaupang; Soils and Sediments in the Settlement and Harbour at Kaupang; The Skiringssal Cemetary; The Skiringssal Thing Site tjoethalyng; The Emergence of a Central Place: Skiringssal in the 8th Century; Towns and Markets, Kings and Central Places in South-Western Scandinavia c.AD 800-950.
The author is the Founder and Head of the Center for the Culture of the East in Jerusalem, which preserves, revitalises and disseminates the classical culture of the East. Dr Shoshani's innovative path in performance education has been recognised internationally; he has lectured in academic institutions including: the Royal Academy for Music and Drama, Glasgow; the Drama Department of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Actors Studio in New York; Ithaca College, New York. Dr Shoshani is an artist and researcher who integrates knowledge of eastern and western cultures and creates a new perspective in performance education.
"An idea must be a pure image completely stripped or void of affect before it can reach the unconscious..." -- Dr Moshe Feldenkrais. "Reading Avi Shoshani's book... is a unique experience -- the experience of a journey into man's spiritual world. This world is complex and complicated, but always attractive and interesting. Avi Shoshani's knowledge is extensive, amazingly profound, without stifling academics. One cannot but be impressed by the intellectual work invested in the writing of this book. The exciting encounter between the worlds of psychology and education lends a special quality and is intellectually challenging. The author successfully provides a new perspective while carefully maintaining the laws of science in the realm of the soul. Recommended to everyone who loves to know, think and feel." -- Dr G Katz, Lecturer in Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. "...Shoshani confronts a challenging topic. For this confrontation, he enlists, on one hand, his rich experience in mentoring students in various art disciplines and, on the other hand, his accumulated knowledge of neuro-physiology, psychology, philosophy, and education. Dr Shoshani's preparation of the student is not a training technique. His every word is charged with profound educational meaning. The student learns more than the different implementations, he learns about himself as performer, according to the path that the author has outlined for him. This work offers thinking challenges to the interested reader and inspiration and guidance to anyone involved in performance education." -- Professor Zvi Lam, former Head of the School of Education, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem.