Under the skin: reimagining perceptions of personhood, value and sacrifice with Norwegian bog skeletons

Marianne Moen, Matthew Walsh

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The authors set a relatively small and little-known corpus of human remains recovered from Iron Age wetland contexts in Norway in a wider theoretical framework of sacrifice and personhood. The material studied, fragmentary skeletal remains in wetland contexts, juxtaposed with the better-known bog body tradition of northern Europe, offers a base from which to query constructions and perceptions of personhood. Situating the discussion in a contextual framework and relational underpinnings of ways of being, the authors examine whether or not the assumption that personhood rests in a human body can be implicitly inferred when confronted with ancient human remains, and what this may imply for interpretations of human bodies in votive settings.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Archaeology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jan 2022


  • Bog skeletons
  • Norwegian
  • Iron Age
  • Mereology
  • Sacrifice

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