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2020 (Norwegian)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 115, no 1, p. 15-28Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the Scandinavian Runic-text Database, 69 medieval objects with runic inscriptions from Oslo are registered. Archaeologists found most of these inscriptions during large excavations in the 1970s and 1980s. Since 2013, the Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research has conducted extensive archaeological excavationsin Oslo, but found only 13 new runic inscriptions, which raised the total number of inscriptions to 82. In this article I present the new inscriptions and discuss the irrepresentativity in the archaeological record, comparing the excavations from forty years ago to the modern urban excavations. I discuss three possible representational factors: conditions for preservation; methods of excavation; and the field archaeologist's attention to rare finds. I conclude that the methods for excavation probably have been the most to blame fo rthe shortage of runic inscriptions these last few years. Large, prestigious excavations like the Follo Line Project force a stricter, more priority-based policy when it comes to object procurement in the field.

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Solna: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2020. Vol. 115, no 1, p. 15-28
Keywords [en]
Runic Inscriptions, Middle Ages, Excavation methods, Representativity
Keywords [sv]
Runinskrifter, Medeltiden, Utgrävningar -- metodik, Representativitet
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History and Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:raa:diva-6047OAI: oai:DiVA.org:raa-6047DiVA, id: diva2:1415965
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Available from: 2020-03-20 Created: 2020-03-20 Last updated: 2020-03-20Bibliographically approved

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