Horse Burial in Scandinavia during the Viking Age



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Introduction…………………………………………………………………………………...1
Chapter 1: Survey of Past Research………………………………………………………....6
Chapter 2: The Horse Cult………………………………………………………………….11

2.1 The Horse Cult at Skedemosse………………………………………………...12

2.2 Stallions, Hangings, and the Number Nine…………………………………….15

2.3 The Bog Finds………………………………………………………………….18


Chapter 3: Horse & Ship…………………………………………………………………....20

3.1 Ship Graves…………………………………………………………………….20

3.2 The Horse and Ship in the Cult………………………………………………...22

3.3 The Swedish Boat-Graves……………………………………………………...23

3.4 The Norwegian Ship Burials…………………………………………………...29

3.4.1 Oseberg………………………………………………………………....30

3.4.2 Gokstad…………………………………………………………………42

3.4.3 Borre………………………………………………………………...….43

3.4.4 Tune…………………………………………………………………….45

3.4.5 Ship Burials from Western Norway……………………………………45

3.4.6 Summary of the Norwegian Material…………………………………..48

3.5 The Danish Ship Burials……………………………………………………….49

3.5.1 Hedeby………………………………………………………………….50

3.5.2 Ladby…………………………………………………………………...51

3.6 Horses, Ships & the Ideology of Kingship…………………………………….54

3.7 Horse-Ship Burials & the Afterlife…………………………………………….55

3.8 Ibn Fadlan’s Account of a Horse-Ship Funeral………………………………..56




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