So guys, again sorry for not posting that much. I’m mainly enjoying life out of the internet (it’s really good and I highly recommend it hehe). But on other news I can tell you that I am now starting the third week of the Gotland Archeological Field School and it’s been amazing.
We are excavating a viking age port called Paviken on the western shore of Gotland and we’ve been finding lots of stuff; mainly bone and clay, but also some really nice glass beads, whetstones, iron objects like blades, nails, rivets, etc, and other cool stuff.
I’ll share some photos of a few of these finds, but only the one’s that Arendus (the host organization of the course) has already shared. This is for protection and intellectual copyright reasons.
[Addenda] That's not to say there were plenty of rich dudes who used their position as leverage for silence if they did rape someone in their power, and frankly we just don't have the records that would tell us what the sexual assault rates were in those periods, but one can hope that not being allowed to do whatever the fuck you wanted under the law stymied some things.
Thank you for your comments, and you are very right, I hadn’t really thought of that :)
[2/2] During the period of religious transition and political centralization in the middle and late Viking period, one of the impacts of Christianity was to significantly reduce the number of individuals who were slaves, largely replacing it with serfdom. Today, the two positions don't seem particularly different, but unlike a slave a serf has a transactional relationship with their lord. They are legal persons; constrained, but still persons with rights before the law.
A further comment on women in Norse society, though—regardless of what local powers the wealthy women in society had, a huge percentage of women in Norse society, were slaves. (And being slaves, many were brought into this society by force.) Legal nonpersons, they could be disposed of at their owner's whim, and the owner had no responsibilities whatsoever towards them. Thus, huge swaths of the women in Norse society had no sexual self-determination whatsoever. [1/2]
I'm British, English great grandma married my scottish great grandad, their daughter married a northern irish man and had my mum who had me with an irish man.. I want a sleeve tattoo but not the usual maori tribal stuff and I've got a few ideas/designs but they're nearly all nordic, I was just wondering if I should continue or start a fresh with only celtic designs or anglo designs so as not to be turning away my heritage?
I’ve expressed my views about tattoos before: if you like a design and you get informed about it and do it in a respectful and honorable way, you can get whatever you want inked, it’s your skin after all.
And sorry but I’m not going to follow any discussion about this tattoo and cultural appropriation subject like another time in the past (like six months ago or something, you can look for it in the archive). I don’t mean to offend anybody but I’ve stated my opinions before and right now I have very limited internet access so that’s that.