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Dealing with the dead; archaeological perspectives on prehistoric Scandinavian burial ritual.


Dealing with the dead; archaeological perspectives on prehistoric Scandinavian burial ritual.

Ed. by Tore Artelius and Fredrik Svanberg.

National Heritage Board Sweden


280 pages



Riksantikvarieambetet (National Heritage Board Sweden)


The 14 essays in this volume examine how prehistoric Scandinavian burial rituals can be interpreted within contemporary Swedish contract archaeology. They analyze the material culture of burial rituals from a historical perspective and aim to indicate the range and depth of current Swedish archaeology. The essays are case studies of graves and collective religious rituals over a broad period of time (Neolithic, Viking, Bronze, and Iron Ages, for example) and region (such as Uppland, eastern and southern Sweden) and topics such as gender, symbolism, and terminology. Authors of the essays are associated with the Archaeological Excavations Department of the Swedish National Heritage Board or The Museum of National Antiquities in Sweden. There is no index. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co.

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