Oscar Jacobsson


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Works at Department of Human Geography
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 8
Room X 333
Postal address Kulturgeografiska institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

I am an historical geographer and a PhD student at the department of Human Geography. My PhD project explores historical flood plain land use in Sweden from the middle ages to the end of the 19th century. I am especially interested in the processes that have affected changes in floodplain land use during the period, as well as how that development reflects the wider human-environment relationship.

My broader research interests also include general agrarian history (especially land use history), GIS and human-environmental interactions

Apart from this, I am also working for a project at the national archives named TORA (Topografiskt Register) and conducting historical-geographical anlyses in contract archaeological projects.


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2018. Carl-Olof Siljedahl, Oscar Jacobsson.

    Runestones in the province of Västergötland have been studied quite thoroughly, but there has until recently been a lack of in-depth individual studies of these monuments. Religious and linguistic aspects have dominated runestone research in the province, while few exclusively archaeological and landscape-related studies have been conducted.

    This article focuses on a landscape analysis of two runestones in Västergötland: Vg 127 in Larv and Vg 174 in Nöre. The results show that there are clear connections between these two runestones, with both standing in connection to well-established roads and border areas between settlement units and land use types. A closer inspection reveals that the stones differ in purpose and although broadly located in similar settings there are clear differences in their local landscape. The runestone in Larv is a manifestation of power while the monument in Nöre instead commemorates a tragic incident. These results illuminate the importance of studying runestones individually and not just as parts of a general cultural phenomenon.

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Last updated: February 16, 2019

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