Kerstin Odebäck


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Works at Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies
Telephone 08-16 37 80
Visiting address Wallenberglaboratoriet, Lilla Frescativägen 7
Room 351
Postal address Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur 106 91 Stockholm

About me

My thesis explores shields in archaeological contexts in connection to shields presented in two- or three-dimensional depictions (picture stones/rune stones, shield bearing figures) and how they are described and in what contexts they occur in the Old Norse literature. Through four ‘shield categories’ I study how different shields relate to identity and social roles as well as practices during the Viking Age. My study is based on full-scale shields as grave finds, shield-shaped pendants as grave and hoard finds, shield-depictions (namely on picture stones, rune stones and miniatures), as well as literary shields. In analysing the material with regards to identity and objects as identity markers, I aim to understand whether or not the different shields reflect identities and practices that intersect.


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Last updated: February 26, 2018

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