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Viking Mortuary Citations

  • Howard Williams (a1)
Abstract

Introducing the European Journal of Archaeology's special issue ‘Mortuary Citations: Death and Memory in the Viking World’, this article outlines the justification and theoretical framework underpinning a new set of studies on Viking-age mortuary and commemorative practice as strategies of mortuary citation. The contributions to the collection are reviewed in relation to strengths and weaknesses in existing research and broader themes in mortuary archaeological research into memory work in past societies.

En guise d'introduction à ce numéro spécial « Citations funéraires: la mort et la mémoire dans le monde viking », cet article expose les critères de justification et le cadre théorique sur lequel repose une nouvelle série d’études sur les pratiques funéraires et commémoratives de l’époque viking utilisant des stratégies de citation funéraire. Pour chaque contribution les points forts et les points faibles de la recherche en cours sont passées en revue; on abordera aussi des thèmes plus amples dans la recherche archéologique sur les pratiques funéraires, en particulier par rapport aux études sur la mémoire dans les sociétés du passé. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

Als Einleitung zu dieser Sondernummer über das Thema „Totenzitierung: Tod und Erinnerung in der Welt der Wikinger” werden hier der Zweck und die theoretischen Grundlagen einer neuen Reihe von Untersuchungen über wikingerzeitliche Grabsitten und Gedenkensvorgänge als Zitierungsweise kurz dargestellt. Bei jedem Aufsatz werden die Stärken und Schwächen der gegenwärtigen Forschung ausgewertet und breitere Themen der Archäologie der Grabsitten, vor allem ihren Beitrag zur Erforschung der Erinnerung in früheren Gesellschaften, werden auch behandelt. Translation by Madeleine Hummler

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