York Archaeology Research Group
Nanni are invited to present the project and her studies based on material from Arby and Gränna churches in particular and the project in general at the York Archaeology Research Group at the Department of Archaeology, University of York.
Nanouschka M. Burström and Gitte T. Ingvardson are editors of the volume in press: Divina Moneta – Coin Finds in Religion and Ritual, Oxford: Routledge.
Religion and Money' is an interdisciplinary project headed at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo and includes scholars from Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Church History, History, Numismatics and Theology. The project combines historical records, material culture and theory to address the perception and use of money in ancient and medieval societies, with a focus on the Middle Ages. To this end, religion, language, economy and people's interactions with material culture and physical environment are addressed.
One important source for the project is a unique body of evidence: the coins and other small finds which are found in great numbers in Scandinavian churches due to the continuous use of wooden floors. These finds provide data and openings to discuss the use of money on many levels. Central topics include church archaeology and formation processes, coin use in ritual, the relation between coins in churches and general coin use in society, patronage and ownership of churches, and more. This talk will present parts of the framework for the project and exemplify with some of the issues discussed out from archaeological sources and cases.