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Lipid residues in early hunter-gatherer ceramics from Finland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeological Research Laboratory.
2019 (English)In: Helsinki Harvest: Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology / [ed] Kristiina Mannermaa, Mikael A. Manninen, Petro Pesonen, Liisa Seppänen, Helsinki: Suomen arkeologinen seura , 2019, p. 32-47Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The adoption of pottery technology by hunter-gatherers in the Baltic region has mainly been placed within the concept of resource intensification, as a cultural choice that assisted an increased economic focus on aquatic resources. In Finland, a non-specialized pottery use has earlier been suggested on the basis of lipid residue analysis data for Early Neolithic ceramics from a number of sites on the south-west coast that involve processing of both aquatic and terrestrial animal products. Our study is an attempt to further explore the relationship between the early pottery use, diet and environment in this particular region. For this purpose, we expanded the range of early pottery traditions and localities to be analyzed, and applied gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric (GC-MS) analysis on the absorbed lipid residues. The study material comprises ceramics of the Säräisniemi 1 (Sär 1), Sperrings 1 (Ka I:1) and Sperrings 2 (Ka I:2) pottery traditions, as well as of the Jäkärlä Ware group, from coastal and inland sites spanning a period from ca. 5100 to 4000 cal BC. Our results strengthen the above observation for Early Neolithic Finland and further suggest that both aquatic and terrestrial animal resources were processed in vessels belonging to most of the analyzed groups, irrespective of coastal/inland site division and pottery ware culture. This additionally indicates a variability of motives behind the introduction of pottery within the Baltic Sea region, considering pottery use evidence in the neighbouring Estonia, where the earliest local and contemporaneous Narva pottery culture had a more specialized use focused on the processing of aquatic resources.

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Helsinki: Suomen arkeologinen seura , 2019. p. 32-47
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Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland, E-ISSN 1799-8611 ; 7
Keywords [en]
Early Neolithic, ceramics, hunter-gatherers, lipid residue analysis, biomarkers, GC-MS, Finland
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Archaeology
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Archaeological Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-169630ISBN: 978-952-68453-5-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-169630DiVA, id: diva2:1323291
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11th Nordic Conference on the Application of Scientific Methods in Archaeology, Helsinki, Finland, October 20th – 23rd 2015
Available from: 2019-06-11 Created: 2019-06-11 Last updated: 2019-06-13Bibliographically approved

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