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Värdig ett vapen: en analys och tolkning av Birkas vapengravars gravgåvor och kontext
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Worthy of a Weapon : an analysis and interpretation of the grave-goods of the Birka weapon-graves (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to interpret and discuss the weapon-graves of Viking Age Birka. The weapon-grave phenomenon is deemed differential in relation to the rest of the grave-material of the site, and thus the questions that motivate the thesis is: who was buried with weapons and why? Further questions arise regarding the social aspects of individuals who were buriedalong with weapons. The theoretical approach will be to evaluate any differences in 'social class', 'social age' and 'gender' between the weapon-grave contexts. By conducting qualitativeand quantified analysis of the grave-goods, this thesis adresses both overall and detailed patterns in correlation and constellations between weapons, other grave-goods and terms of burial.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
Birka, weapon, weapon-grave, social class, gender, social age, warrior, trade
Keyword [sv]
Birka, vapen, vapengrav, social klass, kön, social ålder, krigare, handel
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1965OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1965DiVA: diva2:632827
Subject / course
Archaeology (HGO)
Educational program
International Archaeology Programme (HGO)
Available from: 2013-08-13 Created: 2013-06-25 Last updated: 2013-08-13Bibliographically approved

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