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Chains of Citation: Re-contextualization in the Viking Age
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8684-6872
2013 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Re-contextualization and incorporation of objects and monuments into new associations is a well-known phenomenon from different periods in prehistory and history. During the Viking Age in Northern Europe it became ever more frequent, and seems to find new expressions. The returning to, and reuse of, monuments and graves is one prominent focus of Viking Age interest and a forum for human reconnection with the 'past in the past'. Also the use of objects in new contexts, and for new purposes, is common and includes visible traces of re-use, modification and additions which tell of changed uses and changed meaning contents. On another level paraphrasing, often perceived of as imitation of objects, patterns or shapes, seems to be part of the re-contextualization practices of the time. Re-contextualization could accordingly be considered as networks or chains of citation by which not only humans but also different materialities, scales, forms and decorations refer to each other.

Re-use of monuments, retrieval of objects, inclusion of early material in later contexts, and transfer of meaning as visible through all of these as well as through paraphrasing, are archaeological entries into understanding the wider meanings of this practice. Re-contextualization in the Viking period was not an isolated phenomenon but related to earlier practices as well as to contemporary ones. Still, it seems to be a fundamental component, almost an obsession, of Viking-Age culture which makes the period an important and potentially rewarding focal point for understanding the phenomenon.

The session will explore the theme out from three aspects: physical re-contextualization; physical alterations; and conceptual re-contextualization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013.
Keyword [en]
Viking Age, coins, networks, numismatics, iconography
Keyword [sv]
Vikingatiden, nätverk, mynt, ikonografi, numismatik
National Category
History and Archaeology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149353DiVA: diva2:1160979
Conference
European Association of Archaeologists annual meeting, Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2013
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-735
Available from: 2017-11-28 Created: 2017-11-28 Last updated: 2017-11-28

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