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Små vågformade bildstenar: lika men ändå så olika. Nya perspektiv på järnålderns gotländska bildstenar klassificerade som kiststenar
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Picture stones were produced on the island of Gotland during the Iron Age, about 100-1150 AD. In this dissertation it has been made clear that biographical- and pre-iconographic perspectives enables new understandings of the stones. The wave-shaped cist stones, about 30 of the nearly 500 picture stones, were clearly produced as different from the axe- or mushroom-shaped large- and dwarf stones. This has been shown by their difference in shape, size and the frequency and placement of motifs. Reuses of cist stones does however concur with the other stones and suggest they were used for the same reasons and purposes. In this dissertation it has also been made clear that there is no concrete evidence that the cist stones were erected as cists constructions, especially for women or used for offerings. The term “small wave-shaped” picture stones has therefore been introduced as a substitute.

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2014. , 60, 27 p.
Keyword [en]
Picture stones, cist stones, Gotland, Iron Age
Keyword [sv]
Bildstenar, kiststenar, Gotland, järnåldern
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-112261OAI: diva2:778591
Available from: 2015-08-03 Created: 2015-01-11 Last updated: 2015-08-03Bibliographically approved

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