This doctoral thesis examines early medieval Slavic migration to the island of Bornholm (Denmark). With a combination of interdisciplinary theories and methods, which focus on human translocation and memory and identity construction, a holistic approach to the studies of migration in archaeology is proposed.
It is argued that in order to address cases of migration it is neccessary to consider the historical and social context that preceeded such movement as well as to pay attention to the processes ensuing migration. Thus in this study attention is given to the contemporaneous historical events in the western parts of the Baltic Sea, which is followed by archaeological analyses of remains of household actvities, burial rituals and objects related to female and male dress.
These analyses form the basis for a discussion on the possible effects of resettlement on the creation of immigrant identity, immigrants’ perception of themselves, and their positioning between the homelands that they have recently lost and the new landscapes they found themselves in.
This thesis addresses several fundamental questions related to archaeological research on migration as well to the processes that follow human movements.
The study considers how to approach prehistoric and early historical migrations in archaeology to account for the complexity of the subject. It touches upon questions related to the role and the nature of routines, habits and everyday interactions with material things in human life and the way they might be affected by translocation. It also explores the process of “translation” of a foreign landscape into a homeland.
Ultimately this dissertation advocates for the importance of incorporating migration studies into the scope of archaeological research and the need for multidisciplinary approach to address the issues of human translocations.
Magdalena Naum is a researcher at the Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Lund University. This is her PhD dissertation.
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