Runic Women: Priestess and Pilgrim, Slave and Queen

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Wednesday November 02

5:30 PM  –  8:00 PM

Women in the Viking age and medieval times are mentioned far too seldom. Yet they have an important and above all, very multifaceted position. Historical documents and archeological records only give an indirect and small insight into the female contribution to society a millennium ago. But runestones and other runic objects tell a different story, of women from all walks of life. There, they play out the full scope of human existence. On mighty memorials with the first public artwork, women act as commemorators and in the forefront of the Christianization process. On runic sticks subjects familiar from graffiti are mentioned. Recent research has uncovered the vital role of women in runic inscriptions.

5:30: Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar
6:30: Lecture
$10 per person