"A great show-off": Carving as an expression of self in the runic inscriptions of Maeshowe (Karen Langsholt Holmqvist)

April's guest in the UHI Archaeology Institute seminar series is Dr Karen Langsholt Holmqvist, who will present her recent research on medieval runic graffiti through a case study of the Maeshowe assemblage from Orkney.

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The runic inscriptions of Maeshowe offer a unique insight into a medieval informal discourse which is exceptionally well preserved. In this discourse, we find carvers positioning themselves through their carving in the social landscape. The carvers explore various expressions of self, ranging from sexual selves to literate, adventurous, and religious selves.

In this seminar, Karen Langsholt Holmqvist will discuss how one may combine practice theory and cognitive theory to analyse the inscriptions' expressions of self, and she argues that more than anything else, the carvers express a social identity.

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