Sara Ann Knutson

Sara Ann Knutson
University of British Columbia - Vancouver | UBC · Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy

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This article explores new possibilities for the interpretation of myths. It asks how people in the past configured their world and its complex interactions, to which their orally-constructed stories bear witness. It is assumed here that myths contain structures of belief, cognition, and world-making beyond their immediate subject matter. This artic...
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This paper explores the potential for Assemblage Theory to contribute to current approaches in network thinking in Archaeology. I argue that Assemblage Theory offers improved explanatory models for understanding relationality and how social networks aggregate, change, and disassemble over time at multiple scales. In recent years, network approaches...
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In modern scholarship, the ‘Silk Road’ is used as a broad framework for networked exchanges across ancient Eurasia, periodized roughly between the Han dynasty’s lucrative silk trade and the decline of the Mongol Empire (ca. 200 BCE to 1400 CE). This paper identifies the ‘Silk Road’ as an important analytical model for archaeological research on tra...
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In recent years, the influence of Muslims and Islam on developments in medieval Europe has captured the attention of scholars and the general public alike. Nevertheless, ‘conversion’ to Islam remains a challenging subject for historical research and demands more transdisciplinary collaborations. This article examines early medieval interactions bet...
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The vivid presence of material objects in Scandinavian cosmology, as preserved in the Old Norse myths, carries underexplored traces of belief systems and the material experience of Iron Age Scandinavia (400–1000 CE). This paper proposes an archaeological reading of Norse mythology to help explain how ancient Scandinavians understood the presence an...