Place names and Viking age religion

Per Vikstrand

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Place names with religious connotations have been used as a source of knowledge about Viking Age religion.
The chronology of such names – referred to here as ‘sacral place names’ – is uncertain, however, and many may
pre-date the Old Norse period. To assemble a corpus that can shed more definite light on this segment of time,
the author attempts to identify sacral place names in areas colonised by Scandinavians during the Viking Age.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNames and Their Environment
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th International Congress of Onomastic Sciences, Glasgow, 25-29 August 2014
EditorsCarole Hough, Daria Izdebska
Place of PublicationGlasgow
PublisherUniversity of Glasgow
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)0852619472
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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  • Place names
  • Viking age religion
  • Religous names
  • History


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