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Symbolisk dekoration: En studie av Järnspiralen som symbol under yngre järnålder.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When the Iron spirals investigated in this paper saw the light again no one looked at them as nothing more than decoration. It was first during the 2011 excavation in Old Uppsala that the symbolism of the items no longer could be ignored. The spirals of Old Uppsala lay along the walls of the great hall, which stood upon one of the human constructed plateaus in the area. The hall had been burned down and then cleared of all lumber. Then the iron spirals had been placed in the positions and then everything was sealed with a layer of clay.

A study of the artifact began with the purpose to contextualize and interpret the iron spiral. Several others iron spirals were investigated and compared. The others comparing context were found in boat graves or boat contexts. With a new perspective on the spirals as active agents I soon realized the symbolic value of the artifact. The spiral contexts were clearly sym-bolic and connected with the belief about the Hall and Ship symbolism. Several evidences indicated that the hall in Old Uppsala was meant to look as a boat and the iron spirals helped the hall doing so as well as reinforce the symbolism of the ship. The hall and the ship stood for power and structure on land respectively on water. The spiral symbol itself may well be a symbol connected with law, power and structure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 34 p.
, Arkeologiska uppsatser från projekt Gamla Uppsala., 1
Keyword [en]
Iron spirals, Late Iron Age, Ship symbolism, Old Uppsala, Contextualizing
Keyword [sv]
järnålder, vendeltid, järnbeslag, symboler
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-176114OAI: diva2:534296
Humanities, Theology
Gamla Uppsala - framväxten av ett mytiskt centrum
Available from: 2012-06-18 Created: 2012-06-15 Last updated: 2012-06-18Bibliographically approved

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