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Legitimation through Association? Scandinavian Accompanied Burials and Pre-historic Monuments in Orkney

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McLeod, S, Legitimation through Association? Scandinavian Accompanied Burials and Pre-historic Monuments in Orkney, Journal of the North Atlantic, 28 pp. 1-15. ISSN 1935-1984 (2015) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

In Orkney, most Scandinavian accompanied burials are close to the sea, settlements, and, to a lesser extent, pre- Viking Age monuments. The first two were largely prosaic choices, but the latter may indicate an aspect of the mindset of the incoming elite. Based on studies of the re-use of pre-Viking Age monuments in Viking Age Scandinavia, I propose that this association was deliberate and related to a desire to legitimize the occupation of the land and signal the control of the seaways. I also suggest that burial re-use was common before prominent settlement mounds began to perform these functions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:British History
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Author:McLeod, S (Dr Shane McLeod)
ID Code:105028
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Humanities
Deposited On:2015-12-03
Last Modified:2016-09-12
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