Guests in the House

Cultural Transmission between Slavs and Scandinavians 900 to 1300 AD


Mats Roslund discusses the presence of Slavic visitors in the area corresponding to modern Sweden during the period 900-1300 AD. Ethnic and cultural identity are seen through the reproduction of a Slav style in every-day pottery. The interpretation is preceded by an introduction to Slav archaeology and cultural identity expressed in material culture.
The focus is on a pottery type called Baltic ware. Baltic ware has traditionally been regarded as a purely Slavic product, reaching Scandinavia through trade and free-moving artisans or as a result of co-operation between Slavic and Scandinavian potters. The aim of the book is to capture the dynamics in the interaction, to distinguish regional differences between the two traditions and present a contextual interpretation.
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Biographical Note

Mats Roslund, Ph.D. (2001) in Medieval Archaeology, is Associate professor of Historical Archaeology at Lund university, Sweden. Fields of research are urban life, social identity and cultural communication based on artefact studies from the late Iron Age to the 18th century.

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgements .. xi
List of Illustrations .. xv

Chapter One The Power of the Past .. 1

Chapter Three Preparing the Gift .. 155

Chapter Four Scandinavian reception .. 261

Chapter Five Slavic Guests in the Scandinavian House .. 469

Literature .. 531



For all those interested in the theory and practice of cultural identity and cultural transmission, history of Slav-Scandinavian interaction, medieval Sweden and Denmark and the material culture of every-day life in the Middle Ages.

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