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  • New Interpretation of the Rök Runestone Inscription Changes View of Viking Age

    [2 May 2016] The Rök Runestone, erected in the late 800s in the Swedish province of Östergötland, is the world¿s most well-known runestone. Its long inscription has seemed impossible to understand, despite the fact that it is relatively easy to read. A new interpretation of the inscription has now been presented - an interpretation that breaks completely with a century-old interpretative tradition. What has previously been understood as references to heroic feats, kings and wars in fact seems to refer to the monument itself.

  • Critical heritage studies as global challenge

    [29 Apr 2016] On the 21st of April, the newly established Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) was launched ceremoniously at the University of Gothenburg. An important goal for the center is to study how cultural heritage are perceived and used in different arenas today. The research aims to provide critical alternatives for the future.

  • Water storage made prehistoric settlement expansion possible in Amazonia

    [28 Apr 2016] The pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém region in Brazilian Amazonia, where most archaeological sites are situated in an upland area and are the result of an expansion of settlements in the last few centuries before the arrival of Europeans. This is concluded by a research team consisting of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Brazilian colleagues.

  • New Swedish study on the grammar of subclauses in historical English

    [12 Apr 2016] When do English speakers say whether that will happen is unknown and when do they say it is unknown whether that will happen? Looking at, among other things, medieval homilies and early modern letter correspondence, a recently published dissertation at the University of Gothenburg shows how clausal arguments, and in particular clausal subjects, have been expressed at different points in time in the history of English.

  • Trade Before Civilization Conference

    [7 Apr 2016] The Trade Before Civilization conference will be held at the Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg from May 27-29, 2016.

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