Fjórða Öndvegisfóður vetrarins var haldið í dag, fimmtudaginn 31. október. Davide Zori fornleifafræðingur var með erindið Feasting in the Archaeoloical Record of Medieval Europe, og fór það fram á ensku.
Power and authority in Early Medieval Europe was largely personal and tied to individual kings or chieftains. Political action in such societies—whether among chiefs, between chieftains and supporters, or among commoners—often takes the form of gift-giving and feasting. Unfortunately, large portions of Early Medieval Europe characterized by chiefly political organization lack adequate written texts for even a basic understanding of the political economics of the regional polities. Archaeology has the potential to shed new light on feasting as a key arena of political action. This paper proposes approaches to locating and understanding political action in Early Medieval Europe through a combination of zooarchaeology, paleobotany, palynology, and household archaeology. I conclude by presenting a case study illustrating the potential of this multi-disciplinary line of investigation. The Mosfell Archaeological Project’s excavations of a chiefly longhouse at Hrísbrú in the Mosfell Valley provide the opportunity to examine the archaeological correlates of feasting in Iceland’s marginal environment.
Umsjónarmenn Öndvegisfóðursins í vetur eru Guðný Kristín Bjarnadóttir og Rannveig Lund.