Närke’s Elite AD 150-1100

In 2011 I published a survey* of elite indicators in Östergötland province from AD 150 to 1000. Now I’ve completed a similar one for the adjacent province of Närke, which additionally includes the period 1001-1100.

Orange: Late Roman 150-380 (n=7)
Yellow: Migration 380-540 (n=16)
Blue w dot: Vendel 540-790 (n=20)
Blue w star: Tuna place-names (n=4)
Red: Viking 790-1100 (n=75)

The indicators correlate strongly with agricultural land and 1st millennium place names. Note the cluster in Glanshammar parish top right! It’s partly a result of recent collaboration between my employer Örebro County Museum and the Swedish Metal Detector Association. Five outliers are outside this map, all from the Migration and Viking Periods.

* Available online for free.


Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

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