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dc.contributor.authorPanagiotakopulu, Eva
dc.contributor.authorBuckland, Paul C.
dc.contributor.authorWickler, Stephen
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-03T08:55:11Z
dc.date.available2018-09-03T08:55:11Z
dc.date.issued2018-07-27
dc.description.abstractAlthough there are several well preserved Viking boat burials from Norway, until recently palaeoecological research on their context has often been limited. Research on fossil insect remains in particular can provide valuable forensic information even in the absence of an actual body. Here we present archaeoentomological information from a boat burial at Øksnes in Vesterålen, northeast Norway, an area where Norse and Sami traditions overlap. Excavated in 1934, organic preservation from the burial was limited to parts of the boat and a clump of bird feathers which were preserved in the Tromsø University Museum, and from which fossil insects were recovered. The insect assemblage from Øksnes includes the blowfly, Protophormia terraenovae (Rob.-Des.), which indicates exposure of the body and the probable timing of the burial. The high numbers of the human flea, Pulex irritans L. from among the feathers, suggests that these, probably from a pillow under the corpse, originated from within a domestic context. Deposition of flowers as part of the burial is discussed on the basis of the insect fauna. The absence of a body and any associated post burial decay fauna implies its exhumation and disposal elsewhere and this is discussed in the context of other exhumed medieval burials and Saga and other sources.en_US
dc.descriptionSource at <a href=https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200545> https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200545</a>.en_US
dc.identifier.citationPanagiotakopulu, E., Buckland, P.C. & Wickler, S. (2018). Is there anybody in there? Entomological evidence from a boat burial at Øksnes in Vesterålen, northern Norway. PLoS ONE, 13(7). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200545en_US
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.otherFRIDAID 1604752
dc.identifier.otherdoi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200545
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10037/13630
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherPublic Library of Scienceen_US
dc.relation.journalPLoS ONE
dc.rights.accessRightsopenAccessen_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humaniora: 000::Kulturvitenskap: 060::Nordisk kulturvitenskap: 061en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Cultural science: 060::Nordic cultural science: 061en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humaniora: 000::Arkeologi: 090::Nordisk arkeologi: 091en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Humanities: 000::Archeology: 090::Nordic archeology: 091en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Matematikk og Naturvitenskap: 400::Zoologiske og botaniske fag: 480en_US
dc.subjectVDP::Mathematics and natural science: 400::Zoology and botany: 480en_US
dc.titleIs there anybody in there? Entomological evidence from a boat burial at Øksnes in Vesterålen, northern Norwayen_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
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dc.typePeer revieweden_US


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