Objects moved over thousands of miles across a great network. Not all of the objects survive but others tell of great adventures. There have even been finds of coins and jewellery from as far as Baghdad, Samarkand and Tashkent.
Be very careful there, it says the natives are dangerous, the language incomprehensible and the weather is awful. This was the advice handed out to 13th-century Norse travellers from stories from Viking raiders.
The Viking influence is so strong and long-lasting that in his novel, The Pirate, Sir Walter Scott named the large Norse settlement near Sumburgh, Jarlshof, although the site was built on an earlier Neolithic settlement.