To Bring Back some Eagleness to Eagles: On Bird Worldings in the Bronze Age


  • Joakim Goldhahn Kimberley Foundation Ian Potter Chair in Rock Art, School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia



Ornithoarchaeology, Assemblage theory, Burial archaeology, Sympathetic magic


This paper explores multispecies relations in the Bronze Age in northern Europe in general, and in particular some of the intra-actions between humans and eagles. The paper is a call to embrace eagles as co-actors in unfolding human worldings. It demonstrates that more than one relationship and intra-action unfolded between humans and eagles during the Bronze Age; some were male-gendered and others were revealed as significant for females and children. It is argued that to be able to detect these and similar complex relationships between humans and others-than-humans in the past, we need to try to seek more enmeshed ways to assemble data which combine, contrast, and explore the complexity of different strands of evidence.


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Goldhahn, J. . (2020) “To Bring Back some Eagleness to Eagles: On Bird Worldings in the Bronze Age”, Current Swedish Archaeology, 28(1), pp. 47–73. doi: 10.37718/CSA.2020.03.



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