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    Silke Reeploeg Centre for Nordic [email protected] Pirates,Pulpits,Picture Stones: an introduction toGotland  Gotland “ Welcome to the pretty medieval town of Visbyon the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea.Full-time population: 20,000.Number of summer visitors: 800,000.The perfect place to celebrate SwedishMidsummer, getting away from it all.Or, the perfect place to commit a murder and get away with it? ”    • MajorVarangian(ON: Vaerinjar, Greek: Varangoi, Variagoi)Trade Routes (red)andGreek Trade Route (purple).Other Trade Routes of the 8-11th centuriesin orange.