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The aim of my current project is to discuss objects with provenance from the Finnish mainland, found in the Mälaren Valley, in order to problematize the image of a mono-cultural, “pure” and “unmixed” society in the Viking Age, the period onto which the notion of an “original homogenous Swedish identity” is usually projected. The archaeological material militates against the image of an "unmixed" society. The distribution of similar objects and burial practices in the Mälaren area and on the Finnish mainland indicates that there has been a well-developed interaction between populations in the two areas for a long time.
During the last decades a large number of excavations have been undertaken in the Mälaren area and the archaeological record has improved significantly. One aim of this project is therefore to process the information now at hand. This means to map and analyze the sites in the Mälaren area where dress details with provenance or strong influences from the Finnish mainland have been retrieved. It is also of importance to analyze find contexts and find combinations for these objects as well as the provenance of other objects found in the same grave or the same site. Such analyses would provide a good basis for discussions about the cultural identity and group affiliations of the buried persons and as well as whether there has been immigration from mainland Finland to Mälardalen during the Viking Age and, if so, what the motives for this immigration might have been.

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  • Archaeology


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