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Studie av en medeltida husgrund: en analys av bronsfynd från husgrund 6, Västergarn, Gotland
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
An analysis of bronze from a medieval building-foundation (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay is an analysis of the objects made of bronze found in an excavation Västergarn parish, Gotland, in 2010, conducted by the University of Gotland. The studied material presented in this essay comes from contexts inside, as well as nearby the foundation of a medieval building which purpose is still not certain. The first purpose of this study is to present the bronze-objects found inside and nearby the foundation of house 6, and to see if there are any datable objects. There is also a discussion whether there has been any bronze-crafting in the area. The second purpose is to make a contextual analysis to see if there are any differences between the material found outside and inside of the building, and what conclusions can be made regarding the function and use of the building. A spatial analysis has also been made to distinguish any patterns of the distribution of material inside and around the house.The result of this essay is partly a presentation of the material, but also that there has occurred some bronze-crafting in the form of cutting metal sheets inside or near the foundation treated in this essay. There is no evidence for casting bronze near the house foundation.The frequency of finds from outside the foundation compared to the frequency of finds within the foundation is nearly quadruple, which is to be expected since there probably has been a wooden floor inside the house to prevent all but the tiniest objects from falling through. Objects that landed on the floor were cleaned out, just to land near the entrance of the building. The finds from within the building much resembles the finds from outside the building, and the distribution-patterns of the trench indicates that the entrance to the building probably was located near the north-west corner or near the south-east corner.Hopefully, this study contributes another piece to the great puzzle that is Västergarn.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 51 p.
Keyword [en]
Gotland, Västergarn, bronze, brass, copper-alloys, non-ferrous metals, Viking age, medieval time, medieval building-foundation.
Keyword [sv]
Gotland, Västergarn, brons, mässing, kopparlegeringar, icke-järnmetaller, vikingatid, medeltid, medeltida husgrund.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1483OAI: diva2:537498
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International Archaeology Programme
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-27 Created: 2012-06-26 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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