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Chains of citations: Re-contextualization in the Viking Age.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology. Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Centre for Medieval Studies.
University of Chester.
2013 (English)In: The European Archaeologist, ISSN 1022-0135, no 40, 84-88 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

For Scandinavia and regions subject to Norse contact and settlement across northern and western Europe, the Viking Age heralded new patterns and processes by which material culture circulated through plunder, trade and exchange, but also through imitation, influence and adaptation. The theme of citation draws upon research into the agency and the social and mnemonic affects of material culture and monuments in instigating social change. Citation provides a useful pivot around which to consider the active reconfiguring and vocation of previous landscapes, monuments and material culture in the creation of new social and religious worlds by Viking-period communities and individuals. There are a number of reasons for adopting the original theme of citation, as an alternative to considering the cultural biography of things, monuments and landscapes, which is otherwise often investigated when approaching the phenomenon of re-contextualization. Citation helps us to think of the active roles of enmeshed networks of people and things in the emergence of creolizing cultures of the Viking Age. This network-based approach has numerous advantages in understanding socio-economic, political and religious change. Through networks linking together the Viking world, citations provided a distinctive medium for social communication, identity-creation and commemoration including how things and places were imitated, adapted, reinvented, depicted, denoted, displayed, combined, fragmented, recycled and/or deposited alongside the biographical emphasis upon curation and reuse. Thus, exploring citational strategies equips archaeologists with the conceptual tools to adequately understand the shifting and not always linear linkages between different artefact types and assemblages in the construction of identities and memories in the Viking world.

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Praha: European Association of Archaeologists , 2013. no 40, 84-88 p.
Keyword [en]
citations, material culture, networkt, coins, pendants, artefacts, hog-back monuments, gaming pieces, landscape
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-99611OAI: diva2:687371
European Association of Archaeologists, Annual Meeting, 2013
Swedish Research Council, 421-2012-735

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