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Behind Heathendom: Archaeological Studies of Old Norse Religion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2007 (English)In: Scottish Archaeological Journal, ISSN 0305 8980, Vol. 27, no 2, 105-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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2007. Vol. 27, no 2, 105-138 p.
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Scandinavia, Old Norse religion, Christianity, ritual, Roman hybridisation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10460OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-10460DiVA: diva2:176979
Available from: 2008-01-02 Created: 2008-01-02 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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