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Handlingar i tid och rum: en osteologisk analys av djurbensmaterial från den gropkeramiska lokalen Ajvide i Eksta socken, Gotland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Actions in time and space : an osteological analysis of animal bones from the Pitted Ware site Ajvide in Eksta parish, Gotland (English)
Abstract [en]

The subject of this thesis is animal bones found in the Pitted Ware Culture site of Ajvide in Eksta parish, Gotland, Sweden. The site has been excavated since the 1980s and along with 85 graves and 7500 artefacts about 2500 kg of animal bones has been collected. Previous studies have often focused on specific areas or species, but the aim of this work has been to get a wider perspective of different areas within the Ajvide site. A total of about 20 kg of animal bones from ten different areas in Ajvide have been analysed with osteological methods. The analysis has shown that there are some differences between the areas considering amount of bone material found and the present species. The material consists of almost exclusively unburnt fragments and fragmentation is high in all areas. In the deeper layers fish is the most common species while fragments of pig are the most common considering every layer and area analysed. The difference seen between the areas most likely depend on how the sites were used by the people in the Pitted Ware Culture and discussions are made on how some of the areas could have been used for more ritual purposes while others possibly have been used in the everyday life.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 178
Keywords [en]
Animal osteology, Pitted Ware Culture, Middle Neolithic, Ajvide, Gotland
Keywords [sv]
Animalosteologi, Gropkeramisk kultur, Mellanneolitikum, Ajvide, Gotland
National Category
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-355564OAI:, id: diva2:1229635
Available from: 2018-08-06 Created: 2018-07-01 Last updated: 2018-08-06Bibliographically approved

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