Death Rituals in South-East
Scandinavia AD 800-1000:
Decolonizing the Viking Age, Vol.2

By Fredrik Svanberg
December 2003
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-02007-1
350 pages, Illustrated, 8 " x 12"
$99.50 Hardcover

This is an archaeological study of burials and cemeteries datable to the "Viking Age" in the present South Scandinavian provinces of Scania, Blekinge, Halland, Bornholm, Oland and south Smaland. White burials of the time studied here have previously been thought of as components of a similar pan-Scandinavian Viking Age culture with more or less the same traditions everywhere, the main argument of this work is that mortuary rituals of this time actually followed the specific and rather different cultural norms of a whole number of smaller and larger "ritual systems." These ritual systems were in some cases specific to small and geographically bounded settlement districts and in other cases to larger areas made up of several geographical regions. This volume makes up the second part of Decolonizing the Viking Age, which is a dissertation in archaeology. While being an independent study of death rituals, the book at the same time creates the empirical base for the archaeological discussions in Volume 1.

Decolonizing the Viking Age, Vol. 1

Acta Archaeologica Lundensia Series in 4 No. 24

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