Runstenarna i landskapet: En undersökning om placeringen av runstenarna i Tiohärad
2015 (Swedish)In: Futhark: International Journal of Runic Studies, ISSN 1892-0950, Vol. 5, 137-149 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
To comprehend better the meaning of a runic monument as a complex phenomenon it is necessary to have knowledge of its original location in relation to the surrounding environment. Our knowledge of such initial locations varies. Some runestones still stand in the place where they were first erected. In other cases, the first placement is well documented even if the runestone has been moved or indeed lost; sometimes, however, the documentation indicates only a general placement. In several instances the original location is wholly unknown.
There are eighty-two known runic monuments from the late Viking Age in an area called Tiohärad in southern Sweden. For twenty-nine of these only a secondary location, mostly in or near a church, is known. Some mention bridges and eleven are known to have been located near a passage of water (which presumably also indicates the presence of a road). At least sixteen more are found near a later road, and two of these mention a crossroad. Thirteen seem to have been found near farms or villages. In many cases, the monuments could have marked ancient boundaries. Of particular interest in these instances are the examples located at boundaries that not only border two farms, but also larger administrative areas. Of the fifty-two monuments with a known location, only eighteen have any connection to grave-fields.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 5, 137-149 p.
Tiohärad, Viking Age, runic monuments, location, churches, grave-field, settlements, roads
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-248528OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-248528DiVA: diva2:799768
The Seventh International Symposium on Runes and RunicInscriptions, Oslo, 9–14 August 2010