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Startar 16 nov 18:00

Arrangör: Historiska Museet

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Captivity and enslavement during the viking age

The taking, trading, and exploitation of enslaved peoples was a routine aspect of daily life across the Viking world. Many elements of these practices, however, remain obscure. Archaeological studies of Viking-Age society have long-been dominated by a focus on elites and members of other high-status groups. Scholars have largely failed to account for and study the lives of subaltern social groups, in particular those of captives and enslaved peoples who may have comprised a significant portion of the population.

In this talk Ben Raffield, associate professor at Uppsala University, will move beyond the romanticised clichés of raiding and exploration which so often govern our perspectives of Viking-Age life, in order to situate the practice of slavery against the political, social, and cultural backdrop of Scandinavian society.

The photograph shows the ‘The Hostage stone’ from Inchmarnock in Scotland. The image appears to show an individual being led (possibly in chains) towards a ship. Photograph courtesy of Headlands Archaeology.

**Obs! Föreläsningen ges på engelska. ** Du kan boka biljett på plats på Historiska museet eller på distans via programmet Zoom.

Kolla in fler spännande föreläsningar i serien Vikingar 2.0! Vi dyker ner i den senaste forskningen om vikingatiden med hjälp av forskarna själva och fördjupar oss bland annat i vikingafärder, slavhandel och maktspel. Programserien är ett samarbete med projektet The Viking Phenomenon vid Uppsala universitet.

Framträdanden av Ben Raffield

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