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Medien zur Anderswelt. Waffen im Kontext von bronze- und eisenzeitlichen Gräbern, Depots und Brandopferplätzen


Della Casa, Philippe; Ballmer, Ariane (2013). Medien zur Anderswelt. Waffen im Kontext von bronze- und eisenzeitlichen Gräbern, Depots und Brandopferplätzen. In: Waffen für die Götter. Waffenweihungen in Archäologie und Geschichte : Tagung des Römisch-Germanischen Zentalmuseums, Innsbruck, 6 March 2013 - 8 March 2013, 129-141.

Abstract

Media to the Otherworld. Weapons in the Context of Bronze and Iron Age Burials, Depositions and Brand- opferplätze. The weapons in the context of burials, individual depositions and Brandopferplätze are not only to be understood as intentional depositions, but against the background of their context also as media, which connect the donators in the world of the living and the receivers in an otherworld. The detailed written record of a Varagean burial ritual from the 10th century provides interesting information on the contact between the world of the living and the world of the death. Such »windows between the worlds« can be found in archaeological situations. Therefore, the Bronze and Iron Age sites of the alpine Rhine valley are considered. The performed rituals on burial sites and Brandopferplätze as well as in natural places are evidence of the participants’ communication efforts. Thereby the involved weapon offerings point to the elitarian character of the actors. Within a dyadic model they mediate, i. a. via the gift of weapons, between the world of the living and the otherworld.

Abstract

Media to the Otherworld. Weapons in the Context of Bronze and Iron Age Burials, Depositions and Brand- opferplätze. The weapons in the context of burials, individual depositions and Brandopferplätze are not only to be understood as intentional depositions, but against the background of their context also as media, which connect the donators in the world of the living and the receivers in an otherworld. The detailed written record of a Varagean burial ritual from the 10th century provides interesting information on the contact between the world of the living and the world of the death. Such »windows between the worlds« can be found in archaeological situations. Therefore, the Bronze and Iron Age sites of the alpine Rhine valley are considered. The performed rituals on burial sites and Brandopferplätze as well as in natural places are evidence of the participants’ communication efforts. Thereby the involved weapon offerings point to the elitarian character of the actors. Within a dyadic model they mediate, i. a. via the gift of weapons, between the world of the living and the otherworld.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Archaeology
Dewey Decimal Classification:900 History
Uncontrolled Keywords:Waffenweihungen
Language:German
Event End Date:8 March 2013
Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 13:41
Last Modified:09 Feb 2017 10:30
Publisher:Verlag des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums
Series Name:RGZM-Tagungen
Number:28
ISBN:978-3-88467-263-1

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