TitleSocial Lives of Humans and Animals in the Early Medieval Period, I: Multispecies Communities
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
SponsorLeverhulme Trust Project 'Cohabiting with Vikings: Social Space in Multispecies Communities'
OrganiserHarriet Jean Evans Tang, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Karen Milek, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Moderator/ChairEric (Kathryn) Ania Haley-Halinski, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 1505-a Cohabiting with Vikings: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Human-Animal Social Spaces and Perceptions of Different Species in the Viking Age
(Language: English)
Karen Milek, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Daily Life; Language and Literature - Scandinavian; Mentalities
Paper 1505-b Linked Fates: Mice and Humans in Iceland and Greenland
(Language: English)
Thomas H. McGovern, Department of Anthropology, Hunter College, New York / Graduate Center, City University of New York
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Daily Life
Paper 1505-c The Early Medieval Burial in England: A Multi-Species Approach
(Language: English)
Clare Rainsford, Independent Scholar, York
Index Terms: Archaeology - General; Pagan Religions
AbstractThe practical, social, and cognitive impacts of living, interacting, and communicating with animals on a daily basis are central aspects of life in multi-species communities. This interdisciplinary panel invites archaeological, textual, and art historical studies that go beyond the economic or environmental impacts of human-animal relations to explore human-animal social spaces, mentalities towards animals, and their many social roles in the home and in early medieval belief systems. We are especially interested in how the life courses of different species were entangled with each other, the spatiality of these social interactions, and how these varied over time and space.

Paper -a is co-authored by Karen Milek (Durham University), Harriet J. Evans Tang (Durham University), and Loïc Harrault (Sorbonne Université).