"Animals and Humans in Old Norse Archaeology and Religion"

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Archaeological digs in Scandinavia have revealed artifacts in the form of animals of all kinds: domestic, wild, exotic, and even imaginary. In Old Norse religion, animals represented prosperity, social identity, and status; they shared some human characteristics and became metaphors for people’s thoughts, world view, and ideas about the cosmos.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents the lecture, "Animals and Humans in Old Norse Archaeology and Religion,"  on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 5:30 PM at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge). The free lecture will be followed by a public reception at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Ave.).

In this illustrated talk, archaeologist Kristina Jennbert explores the relationship between animals and humans in Scandinavian mythology from the Roman Iron Age to the Viking Period.

Kristina Jennbert is an Archaeology Professor at Lund University, Sweden and the author of book, Animals and Humans: Recurrent Symbiosis in Archaeology and Old Norse Religion (Nordic Academic Press). 





Bird brooch from Uppåkra, Skåne, southern Sweden. (Photo: Bengt Almgren, Historical Museum Lund University)

""Animals and Humans in Old Norse Archaeology and Religion" is Monday, November 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.

A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

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