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Ormhuvudringar - en analys av det sociala symbolspråket i relation till formgivning, fyndkontext och hantverk

Törnblad, Emma LU (2018) ARKK04 20172
Archaeology
Abstract
The purpose of this essay is to investigate the social function, symbolism, and significance of the Scandinavian snake-head rings from the Roman Iron Age, and how this may reconstruct social identities. By studying the shape of the rings, their ornamentation, the craftsmanship behind them and the general contexts in which they are found, it is possible to reach a deeper understanding for the rings social significance and function within the Roman Iron Age society.
It is generally believed that the rings were used and created for the social elite of the society due to the prestigious contexts in which they are found. By studying all of the snake-head rings from both the Nordic and Germanic regions the results reveal that the rings may... (More)
The purpose of this essay is to investigate the social function, symbolism, and significance of the Scandinavian snake-head rings from the Roman Iron Age, and how this may reconstruct social identities. By studying the shape of the rings, their ornamentation, the craftsmanship behind them and the general contexts in which they are found, it is possible to reach a deeper understanding for the rings social significance and function within the Roman Iron Age society.
It is generally believed that the rings were used and created for the social elite of the society due to the prestigious contexts in which they are found. By studying all of the snake-head rings from both the Nordic and Germanic regions the results reveal that the rings may have symbolized more than one social identity. For the rings found in grave contexts, their main and primary significance might be seen as a symbol of an aristocratic elite, while the ones found as single finds possesses a secondary function as a part of a commercial metal economy. Its significance and function thus vary due to the contexts in which they are found. (Less)
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Törnblad, Emma LU
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ARKK04 20172
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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snakehead-rings, social identity, roman iron age, social significance, function, symbolism, social context
language
Swedish
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8931966
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2018-07-03 13:14:04
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  abstract     = {The purpose of this essay is to investigate the social function, symbolism, and significance of the Scandinavian snake-head rings from the Roman Iron Age, and how this may reconstruct social identities. By studying the shape of the rings, their ornamentation, the craftsmanship behind them and the general contexts in which they are found, it is possible to reach a deeper understanding for the rings social significance and function within the Roman Iron Age society. 
It is generally believed that the rings were used and created for the social elite of the society due to the prestigious contexts in which they are found. By studying all of the snake-head rings from both the Nordic and Germanic regions the results reveal that the rings may have symbolized more than one social identity. For the rings found in grave contexts, their main and primary significance might be seen as a symbol of an aristocratic elite, while the ones found as single finds possesses a secondary function as a part of a commercial metal economy. Its significance and function thus vary due to the contexts in which they are found.},
  author       = {Törnblad, Emma},
  keyword      = {snakehead-rings,social identity,roman iron age,social significance,function,symbolism,social context},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Ormhuvudringar - en analys av det sociala symbolspråket i relation till formgivning, fyndkontext och hantverk},
  year         = {2018},
}