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Whithout a trace?: Ritual and remembrance at rune stones
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4536-0179
2012 (English)In: N-Tag Ten: Proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009 / [ed] Ragnhild Berge, Marek E. Jasinski, Kalle Sognnes, Oxford: Archaeopress, 2012, 9-18 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The immediate surrounding and use of the space close to rune stones has with few exceptions been studied. Runic inscriptions commemorate diseased relatives but the creation of the memorial may also have evoked practices leaving material traces. The aim of this article is to explore whether other activities than carving and erecting rune stones can be linked to the practice of remembrance and the rune stone tradition. It will be discussed in what way the space and place around rune stones was created, used and possibly reused. To answer these issues we carried out a small excavation at a rune stone (U 60) in Norra Ängby, Stockholm. Based on the results of the excavation we suggest two aspects and plausible interpretations: First, the possibility of constructing an enclosed place around rune stones which may be linked to making a memorial. Second, the evidence of late Viking Age practices of remembrance at rune stones such as ritual meals, or signs of reuse during medieval periods to mark boundaries between farms. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Archaeopress, 2012. 9-18 p.
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BAR Insternational Series, 2399
Keyword [en]
Runestones, commemoration, rituals, Viking Age
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Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-143252ISBN: 978 1 4073 0994 1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-143252DiVA: diva2:1097244
Available from: 2017-05-22 Created: 2017-05-22 Last updated: 2017-05-22

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