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Tangible Traces of Devotion: The Post-mortem Life of Relics
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Osteoarchaeological Research Laboratory.
2017 (English)In: Current Swedish Archaeology, ISSN 1102-7355, Vol. 25, p. 151-175Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Though relics have attracted immense interest from a variety of scholars, not much attention has been paid to the practical handling of the holy corporal remains. Here, with the aim of better understanding the treatment of the bodies and relics as physical objects in Sweden during the Middle Ages, osseous materials from three different contexts were osteologically analysed. The investigation offers detailed insight into the treatment of the bones and makes it possible to distinguish three physical phases of the cult of relics. The three phases demonstrate the utilitarian administration of the bones and the fortitude of belief.

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2017. Vol. 25, p. 151-175
Keywords [en]
relics, saints, mos teutonicus, Sweden, sharp force trauma
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-166207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-166207DiVA, id: diva2:1289689
Available from: 2019-02-18 Created: 2019-02-18 Last updated: 2019-02-19Bibliographically approved

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