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VEITSTU HVÉ BLÓTA SKAL? The Old Norse blót in the light of osteological remains from Frösö Church, Jämtland, Sweden

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The Osteological remains from Frösö Church in Jämtland, have been re-analyzed in order to understand the Viking Age rituals at the site and to study the blót, the Old Norse sacrifice and feast.  Radiocarbon analyses of animal and human bones date the rituals to the late Viking Age.  A taphonomic study shows that especially brown bear and pig were of importance in the rituals.  Butchering marks reveal the processing of carcasses as well as feasting.  Further, bones and not whole carcasses seem to have been deposited on the ground.  Human remains have been treated differently from the animal bones and may represent disturbed burials rather than sacrifices.  Seasonal analysis indicates that the rituals took place in late autumn, early spring, and possibly around the summer solstice.  The results of the osteological analyses are also discussed in relation to the written sources about the Old Norse blót.

Image is of the Frösö Church, the site where renovations helped find the ancient cult site beneath.

This article is taken from and found directly at one of our external links: Journal of Current Swedish Archaeology, along with a wealth of other wonderful articles.

Original Source:
Current Swedish Archaeology, Vol 18, 2010