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Becoming Bog Bodies: Sacrifice and Politics of Exclusion, as Evidenced in the Deposition of Skeletal Remains in Wetlands Near Uppåkra
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6431-754X
2018 (English)In: Journal of Wetland Archaeology, ISSN 1473-2971, E-ISSN 2051-6231Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper is inspired by new materialist gender theory and the way it reconfigures the analysis of bodies and the environment. Here the relationships entangled in wetlands and bogs through depositions are in focus. More specifically, it deals with the placing of bodily remains and artefacts in wet contexts around the political and religious centre of Uppåkra in Scania, South Sweden. The aim of this paper is to map some of the processes that led to those people ‘becoming bog bodies’ and investigates their role in a situated political ecology. By examining who these people were and became during the life course and in death, it will open up a discussion on precariousness, vulnerability and masculinity, where victims of sacrifice were perhaps not only selected, but also possibly made. The paper brings a neglected dataset of skeletal remains from bogs to the attention of research and present new radiocarbon dates as well as osteological analysis of these remains. It engages with concepts such as slow violence and necropolitics derived from discussions within the environmental humanities.

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2018.
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Post-humanism, gender theory, bog bodies, sacrifice, intragenerational justice, slow violence, becoming, Uppåkra
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History and Archaeology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-154884DOI: 10.1080/14732971.2017.1408596OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-154884DiVA, id: diva2:1195615
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