Alternative pasts and colonial engagements in the North : the materiality and meanings of the Pajala ‘Runestone’ (Vinsavaara Stone), northern Sweden
Herva, Vesa-Pekka; Ikäheimo, Janne; Enbuske, Matti; Okkonen, Jari (2018-04-22)
Herva, V., Ikäheimo, J., Enbuske, M., & Okkonen, J. (2018). Alternative Pasts and Colonial Engagements in the North: The Materiality and Meanings of the Pajala ‘Runestone’ (Vinsavaara Stone), Northern Sweden. Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 28(4), 613-628. doi:10.1017/S0959774318000197
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The unknown and exotic North fascinated European minds in the early modern period. A land of natural and supernatural wonders, and of the indigenous Sámi people, the northern margins of Europe stirred up imagination and a plethora of cultural fantasies, which also affected early antiquarian research and the period understanding of the past. This article employs an alleged runestone discovered in northernmost Sweden in the seventeenth century to explore how ancient times and northern margins of the continent were understood in early modern Europe. We examine how the peculiar monument of the Vinsavaara stone was perceived and signified in relation to its materiality, landscape setting, and the cultural-cosmological context of the Renaissance–Baroque world. On a more general level, we use the Vinsavaara stone to assess the nature and character of early modern antiquarianism in relation to the period’s nationalism, colonialism and classicism.
- Avoin saatavuus