PREVIOUS   NEXT   MAP   CONTENTS   HOME 

Öland

The fort of Eketorp, on Öland, off Sweden's Baltic coast, has Roman Iron Age (c. AD 300-400), pre-Viking (c. AD 400-700), and Viking-Age/medieval (c. 1000-1300) phases (Borg et al. 1976, 10), but most of the combs come from its final (late 12th- to early 13th-century phase, which unfortunately lacks internal stratigraphy (Borg et al. 1976, 324). Nonetheless, as one might expect, they belong primarily to Types 9, 13, and 14a, though isolated examples of 8a are also represented (Borg 1998, 287-309, 355-7). Type 9 combs include a range of Wiberg's subtypes, but the most striking feature is the dominance of Type 13 combs (131 finds). Forms include relatively rudimentary combs with widely spaced copper-alloy rivets and concave endplates, and a large quantity of finer combs with close-set copper-alloy rivets and biconvex (fishtail) endplates, while straight-ended Type 13 combs (Flodin type D2) are relatively rare. Unfortunately, as the Eketorp combs are poorly stratified, they cannot be used to refine typological dating.

 

Reader Comments

Add a Comment

  • Internet Archaeology will never publish or share your email with anyone.
    Required fields are marked *.
  • Receive emails when this thread is updated

 PREVIOUS   NEXT   MAP   CONTENTS   HOME 

© Internet Archaeology/Author(s)
University of York legal statements | Terms and Conditions | File last updated: Tue Sep 20 2011