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Runstenar och eskilstunakistor i Västergötland: Ett exempel på förändrad mobilitet
The Swedish National Heritage Board, Visby.
2012 (Swedish)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 2, 145-176 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper runestones are compared to early Christian grave monuments, the so-called Eskilstuna cists, in an area of Västergötland extending from Husaby to Sparlösa. In order to compare the carving techniques, runestones and grave monuments were analysed by 3D scanning and groove analysis employing a method developed at the Archaeological Research Laboratory at Stockholm University. The hypothesis is that carving technique as a part of material culture reflects the mobility patterns of rune carvers, their contacts and the relationship between individuals and groups. Results indicate that the carving of runestones was relatively uniform over the whole area investigated, whereas the technique of those who carved grave monuments clearly differs between the main sites Husaby, Häggesled and Kållands-Råda. This may suggest that runestone carvers had contacts with one another, while the carvers of the grave monuments kept to their own local site with a lesser degree of interaction among themselves. In a wider context, this change in mobility patterns may be a part of the general restructuring of eleventh century society resulting from Christianization.

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2012. Vol. 2, 145-176 p.
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runestones, Eskilstuna cists, early Christian grave monuments, Väster­götland, Viking Age, rune carvers, mobility of craftsmen, carving technique, 3D scanning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-171059OAI: diva2:512979
Available from: 2012-03-30 Created: 2012-03-15 Last updated: 2012-03-30Bibliographically approved

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