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The significance of places: the Christianization of Scandinavia from a spatial point of view
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2013 (English)In: World archaeology, ISSN 0043-8243, E-ISSN 1470-1375, Vol. 45, no 1, 27-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question of cult continuity from pagan temples' to Christian churches in Scandinavia is a classic issue in archaeology and history. In this paper the discussion is surveyed and new perspectives are outlined, based on the ritual differences between the two religious traditions. Churches were located in relation not so much to pagan ritual buildings as to different elements in multi-focused pagan ritual landscapes, for instance burial grounds. This means that the spatial patterns varied between different parts of Scandinavia.

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2013. Vol. 45, no 1, 27-45 p.
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Burial grounds, Christianization, Christian rituals, cult continuity, location of churches, pre-Christian rituals, ritual buildings, ritual landscape, Scandinavia
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-90392DOI: 10.1080/00438243.2013.758939ISI: 000317914200003OAI: diva2:625075


Available from: 2013-06-04 Created: 2013-06-03 Last updated: 2013-06-04Bibliographically approved

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