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Water politics.: Wet deposition of human and animal remains in Uppland, Sweden
Stockholm University. (Arkeologiska forskningslaboratoriet)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6431-754X
2015 (English)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, no 110, 161-183 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper presents evidence for deposition of human and animal remains in

watery locations in Uppland province. Likewise, deposition of artefacts in watery

locations also seems to continue into the historical period. This changes the previous

understanding of such depositions with regards to their geographical distribution,

their contents and how long the practices continued.

It is argued that the changing water landscape and the deposition of bodily

remains of certain human and animal others co-worked agentically to change a

variety of relations over time, which had political effects. These assemblages operated

to draw attention to and from settlement clusters and central places, and were

important in negotiations of boundaries. Furthermore, some depositional sites

used in earlier periods seem to have attracted renewed attention at the end of the

Viking Period. Hence, these depositions may have been important in the transition

from Paganism to Christianity, and also helped merge communities and faiths.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. no 110, 161-183 p.
Keyword [en]
Sacrifice Depositions Skeletal remains Water agency Necropolitics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-128919OAI: diva2:917826
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-04-07 Created: 2016-04-07 Last updated: 2016-04-07

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