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On the function and status of prestige finger-rings in the early medieval Germanic world, c.450-700

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This thesis explores a method of defining status by understanding the function of objects used as gravegoods. The compact group of early medieval Germanic finger-rings is ideal for such a study.

The rings are first studied in isolation, without reference to the graves in which they were mainly found. They are classified so as to emphasise their function. The main division is between those with a practical function (e.g. as a seal) and those with a purely symbolic or decorative func...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Faculty of Anthropology and Geography
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Publication date:
1990
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Source identifiers:
602337429 and 602337430
Language:
English
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Deposit date:
2013-01-21

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