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I Åkerfunnets skygge: en fornem merovingertidskvinnes grav fra Åker i Hedmark
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2019 (Norwegian)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 114, no 1, p. 12-27Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a richly furnished female grave find of the Merovingian periodat Åker in Hedmark, Norway. The grave was excavated in the early 1870s, but eventhough rich female graves of this time are rare in Norway, the find has never beenpublished in its entirety before. Since it was a cremation grave and most of the gravegoods had been destroyed by fire, it was perhaps overshadowed by rich inhumationburials, as has been the fate of many of Merovingian Period cremation graves. Here I argue that this find is a unique source for understanding the life and cultural contactsof the elite residing at Åker in the phase following the so-called Åker find withthe famous cloisonné buckle. Through a detailed presentation of the grave monumentand grave goods, and a discussion of the implications of the cultural affiliationsreflected in both the objects found in the grave and the grave ritual, I offer aninterpretation of the woman's significance and her social role.

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Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2019. Vol. 114, no 1, p. 12-27
Keywords [sv]
Kvinnogravar, Vendeltiden, Merovingertid, Spännen, Djurornamentik, Eliter, Handelsförbindelser, Kvinnor, Norge
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:raa:diva-6002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:raa-6002DiVA, id: diva2:1386094
Available from: 2020-01-16 Created: 2020-01-16 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved

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