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Assembling places and persons: a tenth-century Viking boat burial from Swordle Bay on the Ardnamurchan peninsula, western Scotland

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posted on 2016-06-14, 14:45 authored by Oliver J. T. Harris, Hannah Cobb, Colleen E. Batey, Janet Montgomery, Julia Beaumont, Héléna Gray, Paul Murtagh, Phil Richardson
A rare, intact Viking boat burial in western Scotland contained a rich assemblage of grave goods, providing clues to the identity and origins of both the interred individual and the people who gathered to create the site. The burial evokes the mundane and the exotic, past and present, as well as local, national and international identities. Isotopic analysis of the teeth hints at a possible Scandinavian origin for the deceased, while Scottish, Irish and Scandinavian connections are attested by the grave goods. Weapons indicate a warrior of high status; other objects imply connections to daily life, cooking and work, farming and food production. The burial site is itself rich in symbolic associations, being close to a Neolithic burial cairn, the stones of which may have been incorporated into the grave.

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Antiquity, 2017, 91 (355), pp. 191-206

Alternative title

The Viking boat burial on Ardnamurchan

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Archaeology and Ancient History/Core Staff

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  • AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Antiquity

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Cambridge University Press (CUP)

issn

0003-598X

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1745-1744

Acceptance date

2016-04-21

Copyright date

2017

Available date

2017-02-28

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/div-classtitleassembling-places-and-persons-a-tenth-century-viking-boat-burial-from-swordle-bay-on-the-ardnamurchan-peninsula-western-scotlanddiv/77752CA983D55D191B702EC081941CD4

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en

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