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Early Lyres in Context - A Comparative Contextual Study on Early Lyres and the Identity of Their Owner/User

Hillberg, Julia LU (2015) ARKM21 20151
Archaeology
Abstract
Prehistorical musical instruments have been explored in archaeology more systematically since the 1970s when music archaeology was established as a field of study. The new awareness initially led to studies centred on retrieving musical instruments that had been missed and were now lost in archives. New discoveries, too, are very object-oriented. This master’s thesis ties together individual finds of the Germanic round-lyre to create a comparative study, in which the main focus is set on their context. Instead of focusing solely on the object, the instrument will be used to get a glimpse of the person behind it, i.e. to face questions of identity. 26 finds dating to A.D. 500-1200 have been included from graves and cultural layers,... (More)
Prehistorical musical instruments have been explored in archaeology more systematically since the 1970s when music archaeology was established as a field of study. The new awareness initially led to studies centred on retrieving musical instruments that had been missed and were now lost in archives. New discoveries, too, are very object-oriented. This master’s thesis ties together individual finds of the Germanic round-lyre to create a comparative study, in which the main focus is set on their context. Instead of focusing solely on the object, the instrument will be used to get a glimpse of the person behind it, i.e. to face questions of identity. 26 finds dating to A.D. 500-1200 have been included from graves and cultural layers, stretching over central and northern Europe. They have been compared in terms of find context, state of the find, construction of the lyre, materials used, position in the grave, other grave goods and burial structure, considering also similarities and differences in space and time. This has resulted in a division between five possible types of owners/users of the lyre: The professional scop/skáld, the continental elite, the Anglo-Saxon elite, the clergyman and the individual from a lower social standing. (Less)
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author
Hillberg, Julia LU
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organization
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ARKM21 20151
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
identity, grave, context, Scandinavian, continental, Anglo-Saxon, bridge, Germanic round-lyre, Music Archaeology
language
English
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7855733
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2016-05-11 10:47:59
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2016-10-11 13:31:28
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  abstract     = {Prehistorical musical instruments have been explored in archaeology more systematically since the 1970s when music archaeology was established as a field of study. The new awareness initially led to studies centred on retrieving musical instruments that had been missed and were now lost in archives. New discoveries, too, are very object-oriented. This master’s thesis ties together individual finds of the Germanic round-lyre to create a comparative study, in which the main focus is set on their context. Instead of focusing solely on the object, the instrument will be used to get a glimpse of the person behind it, i.e. to face questions of identity. 26 finds dating to A.D. 500-1200 have been included from graves and cultural layers, stretching over central and northern Europe. They have been compared in terms of find context, state of the find, construction of the lyre, materials used, position in the grave, other grave goods and burial structure, considering also similarities and differences in space and time. This has resulted in a division between five possible types of owners/users of the lyre: The professional scop/skáld, the continental elite, the Anglo-Saxon elite, the clergyman and the individual from a lower social standing.},
  author       = {Hillberg, Julia},
  keyword      = {identity,grave,context,Scandinavian,continental,Anglo-Saxon,bridge,Germanic round-lyre,Music Archaeology},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Early Lyres in Context - A Comparative Contextual Study on Early Lyres and the Identity of Their Owner/User},
  year         = {2015},
}