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Early Christian Grave Monuments and Ecclesiastical Developments in 11th-Century Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4536-0179
2019 (English)In: Medieval Archaeology, ISSN 0076-6097, E-ISSN 1745-817X, Vol. 63, no 1, p. 154-190Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

THE EMERGENCE of churchyards is one of the most significant transformations of the landscape during the conversion to Christianity. This article examines changes in burial and commemorative practices during the 11th century, based on early Christian grave monuments. These are the first examples of churchyard memorials in central Sweden, yet at the same time they also form an integral part of the late Viking-Age runestone tradition. This article presents an analysis of their temporal, regional and contextual backgrounds, tracing developments in the early ecclesiastical landscape. It is concluded that different regional designs of rune-carved funerary monuments are related to substantial differences in the Christianisation process, reflecting variation in early ecclesiastical organisation and providing insight into how the conversion process was related to social and political structures.

Abstract [fr]

Monuments funéraires des débuts du christianisme et développements ecclésiastiques en Suède au 11e siècle 

L’émergence des cimetières paroissiaux est l’une des transformations du paysage les plus marquantes pendant la conversion au christianisme. Ce papier examine l’évolution des pratiques de sépulture et commémoratives au 11e siècle, en s’appuyant sur les premiers monuments funéraires chrétiens. Ces premiers exemples de mémoriaux dans les cimetières du centre de la Suède rentrent cependant tout à fait dans la tradition des pierres runiques à la fin de l’ère viking. Cet article analyse leur contexte de fond, temporel et régional, en retraçant les développements dans le paysage ecclésiastique primitif. Il conclut que les divers modèles régionaux de monuments funéraires avec des pierres runiques sculptées sont liés à des différences majeures dans le processus de christianisation; l’implication étant qu’ils reflètent les variations existant au sein des premières organisations ecclésiastiques et fournissent des indications sur la manière dont le processus de conversion s’articulait avec les structures sociales et politiques.

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2019. Vol. 63, no 1, p. 154-190
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Early Christian grave monuments, Runestones, Christianisation, Ecclesiastical organisation, Burial customs
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169932DOI: 10.1080/00766097.2019.1588516ISI: 000472114700005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169932DiVA, id: diva2:1327855
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Winner of the 2019 Martyn Jope Award.

Available from: 2019-06-20 Created: 2019-06-20 Last updated: 2019-07-22Bibliographically approved

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