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Fragmenterade platser, ting och människor: Stenkonstruktioner och depositioner på två gravfältslokaler i Södermanland ca 1000–300 f Kr
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2016 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)Alternative title
Fragmented places, things and people : Stone constructions and deposits in two burial grounds in Södermanland, ca 1000–300 BC (English)
Abstract [en]

It is generally considered that cairns and stone constructions of different shapes and sizes make up the grave monuments of the Late Bronze Age (1000–300 BC) in the province of Södermanland in Sweden. However, these “monuments” often contain only small amounts of burnt bone, and often no human remains at all. At the same time, human bones are found in settlement sites and other "non-grave" contexts. The materiality of human remains thus appears to be far more complex than a modern definition of "burial" or "grave" would allow. 

This thesis investigates practices beyond the common terminology of burial archaeology, and focuses on the practices of collecting, enclosing and scattering stones, human remains, pottery and metal objects in stone constructions traditionally labeled "graves".  The study is conducted through a detailed micro-level analysis combining constructions, depositions of artefacts and human remains in a perspective of perception, formation processes and temporality.

Based on the results from studies of two Late Bronze Age burial grounds in Eastern Sweden, it is argued that there is a need to differentiate the meaning content of cremated bone within in what we refer to as burial grounds. Results indicate that the passage rituals in connection with death and disposal of remains do not end when the cremated bone is deposited in the stone constructions. The constructions and deposits are subject to further attention and actions, altering the meaning of the cremated bones while the individual undergoes transformation to a fully transformed substance. The stone constructions themselves do not appear to have been built for eternity, but rather as functional nodes of transformation, constructed to facilitate the passage rituals.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur, Stockholms universitet , 2016. , 366 p.
Stockholm Studies in Archaeology, ISSN 0349-4128 ; 71
Keyword [en]
Bronze Age, Early Iron Age, Södermanland, mortuary practices, passage rituals, burials, cremation, relational archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134704ISBN: 978-91-7649-533-9 (print)ISBN: 978-91-7649-534-6 (print)OAI: diva2:1038816
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2016-12-15, Nordenskiöldsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 12, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2016-11-22 Created: 2016-10-14 Last updated: 2016-11-10Bibliographically approved

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