Behind Heathendom: Archaeological Studies of Old Norse Religion
2007 (English)In: Scottish Archaeological Journal, ISSN 0305 8980, Vol. 27, no 2, 105-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper offers a synthesis of a large body of research into the "Old Norse religion" which has been conducted as part of a multidisciplinary research projekt - Vägar till Midgård - Roads to Midgard. Evidence for Pre-Christian Norse religion is drawn from Medieval Icelandic literature, place-names and the archaeology of ritual sites. The movement from open-air sites to purpose built ritual houses and finally churches is outlined. The prolonged contact with the Mediterranean world during the Roman Iron Age exerted a strong influence on Old Norse religion and some of the most distinctively Scandinavian religious features can be seen to be hybrid cultural constructs.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 27, no 2, 105-138 p.
Scandinavia, Old Norse religion, Christianity, ritual, Roman hybridisation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10460DiVA: diva2:176979