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She came from another place: on the burial of a young girl in Birka
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory. (Atlas)
2014 (English)In: Viking worlds: things, spaces and movements / [ed] Marianne Hem Eriksen, Unn Pedersen, Bernt Rundberget, Irmelin Axelsen, Heidi Lund Berg, Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2014, 90-101 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the mid-10th century a young girl of high social standing was buried in one of the more distinguished burial-grounds in Birka. She was placed in a coffin together with a few personal objects. Her dress was of high quality, as was the jewellery worn with it. The burial at first seems like nothing out of the ordinary. The different elements all occur at this period in time. But when deconstructing the grave it becomes more of an enigma. Though commonly called the “Birka girl”, this 5-year-old most likely did not come from Birka or the surrounding region at all, but from another place all together. What can modern research learn from the skeleton of a child from the 10th century and what do the results from one individual alone tell us about a place like Birka?

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Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2014. 90-101 p.
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Viking Age, burials, Birka, children, isotopes
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123538ISBN: 978-1-78297-727-8OAI: diva2:874629
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P10-0897:1
Available from: 2015-11-27 Created: 2015-11-27 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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