Nine paces from Hel: time and motion in Old Norse ritual performance

Neil Price*

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Recent research on burial ritual and cultic practice among the Scandinavian peoples during the Viking Age (c. AD 750–1100) has generated an increasing interest in the notion of performance as one of their integral components. Building on earlier studies that have addressed the issue in principle, this paper focuses on the practical ways in which evidence for funerary and cultic drama can be recovered from the archaeological record. With an emphasis on the reconstruction of participatory movement and the time frame of ritual, a series of case studies is explored, drawing on both excavated graves and the archaeology of sacred space.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-191
Number of pages13
JournalWorld Archaeology
Issue number2
Early online date25 Feb 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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