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Early Christian Grave Monuments and the Eleventh-Century Context of the Monument Depictor hvalf
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4536-0179
2014 (English)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, E-ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 5, 151-169 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the use of the term hvalf  as a monument descriptor in Swedish runic inscriptions with special focus on its first appearance, connotations and historical context. The main emphasis lies on the word itself and its relationship to early Christian grave monuments (also known as Eskilstuna cists). Evidence for the use of hvalf  suggests that the term was employed to denote grave monuments as early as the first part of the eleventh century. Parallels in ornamentation and design link some of the Swedish funerary monuments referred to as hvalf to a small set of stones carved with Ringerikestyle ornamentation in England. It is argued that these groups of carved stones indicate reciprocal influence between Scandinavian and English burial and memorial traditions.

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2014. Vol. 5, 151-169 p.
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Early Christian grave monuments, Eskilstuna cists, Anglo-Scandinavian stone carvings, half, burial traditions, Ringerike style
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128133OAI: diva2:913198

Containing proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium on Runes and Runic Inscriptions, Oslo, 9–14 August 2010. Part 2: Selected papers.

Available from: 2016-03-20 Created: 2016-03-20 Last updated: 2016-08-17Bibliographically approved

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