The Indo-European Roots of the Ancient Scandinavian Horse Sacrifice
- Date: –16:00
- Location: Via Zoom
- Lecturer: Anders Kaliff, Professor of Archaeology, Uppsala University
- Organiser: Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS)
- Contact person: Astrid Sörbom
This is an event of the research programme LAMP – Languages and Myths of Prehistory. The talk will be followed by Q&As.
Indo-European horse sacrifice is one of the world’s most ancient, enduring and widespread traditions.
It is possible to trace parts of the practice across large parts of Europe and Central Asia in the period
ca. 2100 bc - 1900 ad, albeit in culturally specific and changing forms. Moreover, the tradition also
impacted social developments in many spheres, because this cosmogonic ritual embodied world views
that affected most other spheres of lives and living.
This paper analyzes Indo-European tradition of horse sacrifice in a 4000-year historic context,
from the Sintashta culture in Russia in the east to historical Scandinavia in the west.