Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
För folk och fä: Om vikingatida fjättrar och deras användning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2009 (Swedish)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, Vol. 104, no 2, 89-96 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Throughout and beyond the Norse cultural sphere many Viking Period iron shackles have been recovered. Despite a common notion that the slave trade was important during the era, these shackles are usually interpreted as hobbles for horses and other animals, rather than restraints for humans. Here is argued that there are good reasons to see the shackles as indicators of restrained humans - captives, slaves or both. It is also argued that the distinction between animal hobbles and human restraints is perhaps moot since the shackles could well have served both purposes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien , 2009. Vol. 104, no 2, 89-96 p.
Keyword [en]
Slave trade, Shackles, Birka, Fetter lock, Slaves, Viking Age, Hobbles
Keyword [sv]
Fjättrar, Fängsel, Hällor, Birka, Bultlås, Slavhandel, Trälar, Hästlås
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-28568OAI: diva2:225193
Available from: 2009-06-25 Created: 2009-06-25 Last updated: 2010-01-21Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links


Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Gustafsson, Ny Björn
By organisation
Archaeological Research Laboratory
In the same journal

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 90 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link