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Similarities or Differences? Rune Stones as a Starting Point for Some Reflections on Viking Age Identity
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2011 (English)In: Viking Settlements & Viking Society: Papers from the Proceedings of the Sixteenth Viking Congress, Reykjavík and Reykholt, 16th-23rd August 2009 / [ed] Svavar Sigmundsson, Reykjavík: Hid Íslenzka Fornleifafélag & University of Iceland Press , 2011, utkom mars 2012, 147-161 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The concept of identity is discussed and the Scandinavian Late Viking Age rune stones are pointed out as a field of research where we can discover how identity was perceived. The famous Jarlabanke of Täby, who raised several stones in memory of himself is mentioned as an example of a man who obviously had excellent selfconfidence and who was certainly aware of his personal identity. It is argued that the reason for using very similar design of runic carvings could be due to a political system comparable to the goði-institution of the Icelandic Commonwealth, as a wish from the raiser to show his loyalty to the local chieftain who may have erected the first rune stone with a specific design. The distribution of rune sones of great similarity may thus be an expression of such a social organisation.

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Reykjavík: Hid Íslenzka Fornleifafélag & University of Iceland Press , 2011, utkom mars 2012. 147-161 p.
, Fylgirit Árbókar Hins íslenzka fornleifafélags
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Rune stones, ornamentation, identity, Viking Age
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190187ISBN: 978-9979-54-923-9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-190187DiVA: diva2:583130

boken utkom först i slutet av mars 2012, men har likafullt tryckår 2011!

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