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Reflections in the dark: Ground-penetrating radar surveys for the detection of Viking Age and early medieval harbor remains in Sigtuna, Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this thesis a ground-penetration radar survey was carried out in four areas, Borgmästarängen, Draken, Urmakaren and Koppardosan in Sigtuna. The aim of this paper is to detect remnants of the Viking Age harbor at those chosen sites. Former research investigations have discovered findings which are related to shipbuilding like clench nails, rivets and boat nails; however, the question remains whether Sigtuna ever had a central harbor, and researchers suggested instead that every town plot had its own mooring. This paper addresses this question by deploying geophysical surveys to increase the understanding of the town’s organization. Furthermore this paper will discuss how the detected structures can be understood in comparison to earlier Viking Age and early Medieval towns, in this case Birka, Hedeby and Schleswig where central harbors have been discovered and investigated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 55 p.
Keyword [en]
Geophysik, Georadar, Sigtuna, harbor, Viking Age, early medieval
Keyword [sv]
Geofysik, Georadar, Sigtuna, Uppland, hamnar, Draken, Urmakaren, Koppardosan, Borgmästarängen, Vikingatiden, tidig medeltid
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Archaeology Geophysics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119894OAI: diva2:849262
Available from: 2015-08-28 Created: 2015-08-27 Last updated: 2015-08-28Bibliographically approved

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