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Archaeology of Identity and DissonanceContexts for a Brave New World$
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Diane F. George  and Bernice Kurchin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813056197

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813056197.001.0001

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Agency and Renegotiated Identities in the North Atlantic Isles

Agency and Renegotiated Identities in the North Atlantic Isles

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(p.201) 10 Agency and Renegotiated Identities in the North Atlantic Isles
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Archaeology of Identity and Dissonance
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Ruth A. Maher

Julie M. Bond

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813056197.003.0010

Humans, as agents, played an active role in the creation and communication of new identities during the Viking period in the Orkney Islands and Iceland. The authors argue that environments are not merely passive backdrops to societal and identity formation but are dynamic contributors in the negotiations that take place when humans settle into new lands. The chapter will focus on the maneuvering and balancing of traditional burial rituals and beliefs within new political, economic, and cosmological landscapes. The comparison of interdisciplinary data from burials, ancient texts, archaeological excavations, and landscape surveys from both regions during the time period of the study will show how the environment aided in the creation and performance of the burial ritual and how the agents’ reshaping of the land helped to form their new identities

Keywords:   Viking period, Iceland, Orkney Islands, Burial rituals

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