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Constructing and deconstructing the Gokstad mound

Cannell, RJS; Bill, J; Macphail, R; (2020) Constructing and deconstructing the Gokstad mound. Antiquity , 94 (377) pp. 1278-1295. 10.15184/aqy.2020.162. Green open access

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Abstract

Viking Age burial mounds are usually interpreted with reference to their exterior dimensions, the funerary treatment of the deceased and the artefacts placed within them. The process of constructing these mounds, however, may also have played an important role in funerary traditions. Investigations at the Gokstad mound in Norway demonstrate that the building of this mound—in terms of its phases and material expressions—formed an integral part of the overall burial rite. The complex construction sequence contained references to both the physical and mythical landscapes, revealing the potential of the study of burial mound construction at other sites in Viking Age Scandinavia and beyond.

Type: Article
Title: Constructing and deconstructing the Gokstad mound
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2020.162
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2020.162
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Antiquity Publications Ltd. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Scandinavia, Gokstad, Viking Age, mortuary practice, burial mounds, geoarchaeology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10112955
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