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Sense and Sensibility: Masking Practices in Late Iron Age Boat-Graves.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2010 (English)In: Making Sense of Things.: Archaeologies of Sensory Perception. / [ed] Fahlander, Fredrik and Kjellström, Anna, Stockholm: Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University , 2010, 400, 121-140 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Swedish boat-graves, especially those from Valsgärde and Vendel, have been the subject of many investigations and extensive research since their discoveries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries (e.g. Stolpe & Arne 1912; Arwidsson 1942, 1954, 1977; Lindqvist 1950; Herschend 1997, 2003; Seiler 2001, Schönbäck 2002; Norr (ed.) 2008). The helmets retrieved from these burials are the focus of this paper, and these have been analysed with particular consideration for their role in sensory engagement – both for the person wearing the helmet and for those experiencing it from the outside.

The paper starts off with a short presentation of the boat-graves and the helmets therein, after which follows an equally short introduction of masking practices and the significance of masking practices during the Late Iron Age in Scandinavia. A more detailed discussion of the helmets of the boat-graves and their connection with sensual activities, the main theme of the paper, follows. Finally, a broader interpretation of the boat-graves themselves is offered and, lastly, conclusions are presented.

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Stockholm: Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University , 2010, 400. 121-140 p.
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 53
Keyword [en]
senses, boat grave, iron age, masks, scandinavia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-52385ISBN: 978-91-978257-2-6OAI: diva2:387282
Available from: 2011-01-14 Created: 2011-01-13 Last updated: 2011-01-14Bibliographically approved

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