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Architecture, Society, and Ritual in Viking Age Scandinavia: Doors, Dwellings, and Domestic Space

Marianne Hem Eriksen, University of Oslo
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
Language
English
ISBN
9781108497220, 1108497225, 9781108739603, 1108739601
Summary
"In this book, Marianne Hem Eriksen explores the social organization of Viking Age Scandinavia through a study of domestic architecture, and in particular, the doorway. A highly charged architectural element, the door is not merely a practical, construction solution. Doors control access, generate movement, and demark boundaries, yet also serve as potent ritual objects. For this study, Eriksen analyzes and interprets the archaeological data of house remains from Viking Age Norway, which is here synthesized for the first time. Using social approaches to architecture, she demonstrates how the domestic space of the Viking household, which could include masters and slaves, wives and mistresses, children and cattle, was not neutral. Quotidian and ritual interactions with, through, and orchestrated by doorways prove to be central to the production of a social world in the Viking Age. Eriksen's book challenges the male-dominated focus of research on the Vikings and expands research questions beyond topics of seaborne warriors, trade, and craft"--
Contents
  • Entry points
  • The power of the door
  • Fleshing out the past: houses and households of the Viking Age
  • Crossing the threshold: interior space
  • Networked landscapes: exterior space
  • "Lift me over door-hinges and lintels": doorways, bodies, and biographies
  • Thresholds to other worlds
  • Exits: a social archaeology of the Viking Age.
Description
xiv, 275 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 26 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-263) and index.
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