The mask(s) and transformers of historical re-enactment: material culture and contemporary Vikings
2013 (English)In: Current Swedish Archaeology, ISSN 1102-7355, Vol. 21, 141-161 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The paper discusses the role of material culture for historical re-enactors of the Viking Age. Three issues are analysed: (a) the clothing and accessories worn by a typical contemporary warrior, craftsman and woman of the Viking times and the range of goods available for purchase at historical re-enactment markets, (b) the active and transformative aspect of material culture for present-day Vikings, (c) the paradox of how mirroring the material past by historical re-enactors is actually a deeply ahistorical category. The main conclusion of this study is that historical re-enactment of the Viking Age is essentially about material culture. The paper is based on observations made during the Viking Week that took place at the Museum of Foteviken (Sweden) on 24–30 June 2013.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 21, 141-161 p.
Material culture, Historical re-enactment, Archaeological open-air museums, Popular culture
Research subject Humanities, Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32412OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-32412DiVA: diva2:698019
ProjectsBack to the past? The relations between tourism, past and culture heritage. The case of Poland and Sweden
This publication is part of my research work at Linnaeus University, thanks to a Swedish Institute scholarship.2014-02-202014-02-202014-10-28Bibliographically approved