Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
An island in the middle of an island: On cult, laws and authority in Viking Age Gotland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
2009 (English)In: From Ephesos to Dalecarlia: Reflections on body, space and time in medieval and early modern Europe, Stockholm: Statens historiska museum , 2009, 101-118 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The present-day small village of Roma on Gotland in the Baltic Sea was the physical and symbolic centre of the island in the Iron Age and into Medieval times. The Cistercian monastery and the meeting place of the island’s assembly, the All-thing, two well-known features of medieval Roma, have often been taken as indications of an egalitarian and non-stratified society on Gotland during the Viking Age and Middle Ages. It is here proposed, however, that an older Iron Age cult site at Roma eventually came under the control of a chieftain or major landowner who introduced Christianity, founded a monastery and inaugurated the thing in Roma in Viking or early medieval times, just as his equals did elsewhere in Scandinavia. While the later medieval thing was probably located near the monastery, an alternative site on a small island is suggested for the older All-thing.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Statens historiska museum , 2009. 101-118 p.
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 48
, Studies / The Museum of National Antiquities, Stockholm, ISSN 0349-8182 ; 11
Keyword [en]
Thing (legal), assembly place, Vi, Al, Viking Age, Gotland, Roma, Sweden, Iron Age, Middle Ages
Keyword [sv]
Ting (juridik), tingsplats, Vi, Al, Vikingatiden, Gotland, Roma, Sverige, Järnåldern, Medeltiden
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30794ISBN: 978-91-89176-37-9OAI: diva2:274120
Available from: 2010-01-19 Created: 2009-10-27 Last updated: 2012-11-01Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(812 kB)1010 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 812 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Myrberg, Nanouschka
By organisation
Department of Archaeology and Classical StudiesCentre for Medieval Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 1010 downloads
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: 592 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link