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Title: Legitimation through Association? Scandinavian Accompanied Burials and Pre-historic Monuments in Orkney
Author(s): McLeod, Shane
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Issue Date: 2015
Date Deposited: 3-Dec-2015
Citation: McLeod S (2015) Legitimation through Association? Scandinavian Accompanied Burials and Pre-historic Monuments in Orkney. Journal of the North Atlantic, 2015 (28), pp. 1-15.
Abstract: In Orkney, most Scandinavian accompanied burials are close to the sea, settlements, and, to a lesser extent, preViking 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.
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