The Archaeology of Rimbert: The Churches of Hergeir and Gautbert and Borg in Birka
2011 (English)In: Viking Settlements & Viking Society: Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking Congress / [ed] Svavar Sigmundsson, Reykjavik: Hid islenzka fornleifafelag & University of Iceland Press , 2011, 469-493 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
In his Vita Anskarii, Rimbert describes the Christian mission to the port of the Swedes in the 830s. He mentions two churches there, one built on the family estate of the port bailiff, the other built in the seaport itself by Bishop Gautbert. The locations of these churches have long been discussed. Thanks to archaeological research excavations it is now possible to offer a new suggestion regarding the church of Gautbert. It is argued that the hillfort of Birka, Borg, may be the site of this church and the bishop’s fortified precinct. This would make Birka structurally similar to a number of coeval cities on the Continent, where there was a fortified cathedral hill and a market town at its foot. 9th century finds on and around Borg open up for such a possibility.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Reykjavik: Hid islenzka fornleifafelag & University of Iceland Press , 2011. 469-493 p.
Rimbert, Gautbert, Christian mission, church, town plan, town rampart, fortification, Birka, Helgö
Research subject Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100477ISBN: 978-9979-54-923-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-100477DiVA: diva2:693603