IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1543: Performative Aspects of the Norse Cultural Landscape

Thursday 9 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Viking Society for Northern Research
Organiser:Alison Finlay, Department of English & Humanities, Birkbeck, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Paul Gazzoli, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1543-aLevels of Cult Practice: Theoretical Approaches to Public/Private Religious Ritual in the Late Iron Age
(Language: English)
Luke John Murphy, Institut for Kultur og Samfund, Aarhus Universitet
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Pagan Religions
Paper 1543-bAt the Assembly: A Study of Ritual Space
(Language: English)
Alexandra Sanmark, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands, Shetland
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Pagan Religions
Paper 1543-cA Viking Age Funeralscape on the Isle of Eigg: The Practicalities of Performance
(Language: English)
Shane McLeod, School of Arts & Humanities, University of Stirling
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Pagan Religions
Abstract

This panel investigates the place of performance in the Norse cultural landscape during the Late Iron Age (including the Viking Age), drawing upon findings from recent fieldwork. Luke John Murphy (Aarhus University) provides a theoretical discussion of the public/private settings of religious ritual in Late Iron-Age Scandinavia, Alexandra Sanmark (University of the Highlands and Islands) investigates the performative aspects of Late Iron Age assemblies, and Shane McLeod (University of Stirling) discusses the practical aspects of performance during a Viking funeral, looking particularly at the burial mounds on the Isle of Eigg, Scotland.