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Trälar fanns: att synliggöra ofria 550-1200 e.Kr. i Sverige
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2014 (Swedish)In: Att befolka det förflutna: Fem artiklar om hur vi kan synliggöra människan och hennes handlingar i arkeologiskt material. Från Nordic Tag mötet 2011 på Linnéuniversitetet, Kalmar / [ed] Anne Carlie, Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet , 2014, 72-91 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Thralls. Making bonded people visible 550-1200 AD in Sweden. To be free or unfree was crucial in the Nordic society. A thrall was a person in social isolation, lacked honour, without family, belonging to the owner. The awareness of the role of the bonded people has slowly increased. By a reinterpretation of various archaeological sources it is possible to make bonded people visible to a larger extent, thereby increasing the knowledge of the material culture of bondage. The physical remains of thralls in skeletal as well as cremation graves are discussed. The finds of shackels from Birka and the royal manor of Adelsö that are put forward, can probably be an indication of slave trade. The tools and products of female thralls such as rotary querns and the widespread Baltic ceramics are touched upon. Finally milieus were Late Viking Age runic inscriptions commemorating bonded people, both stewards and homeborn thralls as well as a freed person are discussed. 

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Stockholm: Riksantikvarieämbetet , 2014. 72-91 p.
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trälar, fjättrar, runinskrifter, vridkvarnar, östersjökeramik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-111744ISBN: 978-91-7209-683-7OAI: diva2:776420
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-08Bibliographically approved

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