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AbstractThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Archaeology on 06/07/2016, available online: doi 10.1080/14619571.2016.1186910
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Journal of Archaeology on 06/07/2016, available online: doi 10.1080/14619571.2016.1186910
This article explores a meshwork of citations to other material cultures and architectures created by the form and ornament of house-shaped early medieval recumbent stone monuments popularly known in Britain as ‘hogbacks’. In addition to citing the form and ornament of contemporary buildings, shrines, and tombs, this article suggests recumbent mortuary monuments referenced a far broader range of contemporary portable artefacts and architectures. The approach takes attention away from identifying any single source of origin for hogbacks. Instead, considering multi-scalar and multi-media references within the form and ornament of different carved stones provides the basis for revisiting their inherent variability and their commemorative efficacy by creating the sense of an inhabited mortuary space in which the dead are in dialogue with the living. By alluding to an entangled material world spanning Norse and Insular, ecclesiastical and secular spheres, hogbacks were versatile technologies of mortuary remembrance in the Viking Age.
Williams, H. (2016). Citations in Stone: The Material World of Hogbacks. European Journal of Archaeology, 19(3), 497-518. doi: 10.1080/14619571.2016.1186910
European Journal of Archaeology