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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 12/02/2015 | 2035 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 8: The general interview with Dr Sigmund Oehrl

In our in-depth General Interview the Old Norse expert and archaeologist Dr. Sigmund Oehrl answers questions relating to the research project on Gotland. Among other things, he sheds light on the…

The general interview with Dr Sigmund Oehrl
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 11/25/2015 | 1407 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 7: The keystone

The Gotland picture stone depository contains numerous fragments that have not yet been scientifically examined or evaluated. During his research Dr. Sigmund Oehrl happened upon a hitherto…

The keystone
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 11/18/2015 | 1793 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 6: Gunnar in the snake pit

The heroic songs of the Edda tell of the fate of King Gunnar - who is known as King Gunnar in the Middle High German epic poem of the Nibelungenlied. He died after being locked up in a snake pit by…

Gunnar in the snake pit
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 11/11/2015 | 1593 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 5: The dragon-slayer

The fate of King Gunnar (known as King Gunther in the Middle High German heroic poem Nibelungenlied), who was thrown into a snake pit by the king of the Huns, where he later dies, is also narrated…

The dragon-slayer
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 11/04/2015 | 1720 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 4: Digital viking

Were the people of Gotland already familiar around 600 A.D. with the motif of the holy horseman known from later Christian iconography? In order to reveal the original carvings on the picture stone…

Digital viking
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 10/28/2015 | 2361 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 3: Problems of picture stone research

The Gotland picture stones are not only relics from the age of the Vikings and their forebears, but also contemporary witnesses to developments in the field of archaeology. The colours they bear…

Problems of picture stone research
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 10/21/2015 | 1735 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 2: The Edda helps

What messages do the Gotland picture stones convey? What scientific means can be used to approach the stone depictions? Dr. Sigmund Oehrl shows how to read the engravings using the example of the…

The Edda helps
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 10/14/2015 | 7493 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Episode 1: Gotland, the unique island

The Swedish island of Gotland was used even by the Vikings’ forebears as an important trading centre. And even today, numerous historical remnants bear witness to the island’s colourful past.…

Gotland, the unique island
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L.I.S.A. Redaktion | 08/02/2015 | 20137 Views | 5 | Movies by the Gerda Henkel Foundation

Gotland's Picture Stones

Gotland - Die einzigartige Insel

Project leadership:
Dr. Sigmund Oehrl
Location:
Gotland
Info:

The Research Project
Dr Sigmund Oehrl’s research project centres on the picture stones on the Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. These standing memorial stones, often taller than a man, were created between the Migration Period and the late Viking age (around 400 to 1100 A.D.). They are adorned with a myriad of carved figures, providing a unique insight into the religious ideas of the Nordic culture in late Antiquity and the early Middle Ages. The Gotland picture stones constitute a…