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Familjegrav eller praktisk lösning?: en studie kring järnålderns dubbelgravar
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Archaeology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Family Graves or Practical Solutions? : A Study of Iron Age Double Graves in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this essay is to discuss the double graves existence, content and meaning during the Swedish Iron Age. Being buried in pairs seems to have been relatively rare. Is the double grave a family grave or was one of the individuals a human sacrifice?

The focus of this essay will be to discuss the possible relationship the people in the double graves may have had, but also to see how rare the grave type is with the help and inspiration of theories by Sarah M. Nelson. Are the graves family style graves such as husband and wife or parent and child? Are there any other possibilities for the existence of double graves? The most common interpretation of the double graves is that they are family graves. I will try to answer these questions by examining four Iron Age burial grounds in Sweden.

I do not rule out that double graves may be family graves, however, if they were family graves, why are they so uncommon and where is the rest of the family? Why is it only two people in the grave? This makes me question if the double graves are something else but pure family graves. It is more likely that the double graves have been the results of accidents or disease where two people lost their lives at the same time. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 22 p.
Keyword [en]
Double graves, Iron Age, family graves, human sacrifice, disease, relationships, gender roles
Keyword [sv]
Dubbelgravar, järnålder, familjegravar, människooffer, sjukdomar, relationer, könsroller
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31908OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-31908DiVA: diva2:1069987
Subject / course
Archaeology
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2017-01-31 Created: 2017-01-31Bibliographically approved

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