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Guld, Gravar och Gåtor: Brakteater från folkvandringstid och deras funktion och mening i gravar

Hansen, Axel LU (2013) ARKM21 20131
Archaeology
Abstract
This thesis is about combining three archaeological themes; the interpretation of grave contexts, social identities and Iron Age jewellery has been given a place here. The aim was to discern which meanings and functions that can be connected to Migration Period bracteates in graves, and if so how they manifest in the context. Bracteates, small pendants dated to the Migration and Vendel periods, have been found across Europe by the hundreds. While most of them originate from hoards or single finds, about 200 of them have been found in graves. I have presented these finds, and through their context, similarities and differences discussed the possible functions they might have had as grave-goods.
In order to properly analyze bracteates in... (More)
This thesis is about combining three archaeological themes; the interpretation of grave contexts, social identities and Iron Age jewellery has been given a place here. The aim was to discern which meanings and functions that can be connected to Migration Period bracteates in graves, and if so how they manifest in the context. Bracteates, small pendants dated to the Migration and Vendel periods, have been found across Europe by the hundreds. While most of them originate from hoards or single finds, about 200 of them have been found in graves. I have presented these finds, and through their context, similarities and differences discussed the possible functions they might have had as grave-goods.
In order to properly analyze bracteates in graves and their respetive functions and meanings, several theoretical and material variables has been taken into account. The graves in question was analyzed with form, function, meaning and context as key words, and social status, gender and cultural identity as theoretical themes.
The graves containing bracteates have shown a great variety in shape and content, suggesting regional differences in both ritual practice, function and meaning of the bracteates when connected to the dead. I have argued that the bracteates in all cases (with the possible exception of Gotland in the Baltic Sea) were used by the living before placed in graves. This in turn suggests either a shift of the bracteate's functions or a manipulation of a previous function. In either case the result was that function and meaning were applied to bracteates, function and meaning that made them appropriate grave items rather than items working in the living society. (Less)
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author
Hansen, Axel LU
supervisor
organization
course
ARKM21 20131
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Brakteat, Folkvandringstid, Social Identitet, Form, Funktion, Kontext, Gravar, Gravgods
language
Swedish
id
3801264
date added to LUP
2014-01-29 10:54:50
date last changed
2014-01-29 10:54:50
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  abstract     = {This thesis is about combining three archaeological themes; the interpretation of grave contexts, social identities and Iron Age jewellery has been given a place here. The aim was to discern which meanings and functions that can be connected to Migration Period bracteates in graves, and if so how they manifest in the context. Bracteates, small pendants dated to the Migration and Vendel periods, have been found across Europe by the hundreds. While most of them originate from hoards or single finds, about 200 of them have been found in graves. I have presented these finds, and through their context, similarities and differences discussed the possible functions they might have had as grave-goods.
 In order to properly analyze bracteates in graves and their respetive functions and meanings, several theoretical and material variables has been taken into account. The graves in question was analyzed with form, function, meaning and context as key words, and social status, gender and cultural identity as theoretical themes.
 The graves containing bracteates have shown a great variety in shape and content, suggesting regional differences in both ritual practice, function and meaning of the bracteates when connected to the dead. I have argued that the bracteates in all cases (with the possible exception of Gotland in the Baltic Sea) were used by the living before placed in graves. This in turn suggests either a shift of the bracteate's functions or a manipulation of a previous function. In either case the result was that function and meaning were applied to bracteates, function and meaning that made them appropriate grave items rather than items working in the living society.},
  author       = {Hansen, Axel},
  keyword      = {Brakteat,Folkvandringstid,Social Identitet,Form,Funktion,Kontext,Gravar,Gravgods},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Guld, Gravar och Gåtor: Brakteater från folkvandringstid och deras funktion och mening i gravar},
  year         = {2013},
}