The Ritual Stratigraphy of Monuments that Matter

  title={The Ritual Stratigraphy of Monuments that Matter},
  author={Terje Gansum and Terje Oestigaard},
  journal={European Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={61 - 79}
This article focuses on one of the two big mounds at Haugar in Tønsberg, Norway, and the role they played in the constitution of the Norwegian kingdom. The monument we will discuss is dated to the ninth century AD. We argue that the stratigraphy represents the rituals performed. There are no finds of grave-goods, but the mound contains an enormous layer of charcoal. Our ambiguity towards designating all mounds as ‘graves’ seeks to open a wider range of explanations of the symbolism in these… 

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