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Livet på Gotska Sandön: Ett långtidsperspektiv
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The life on Gotska Sandon : A long-term perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

Gotska Sandön is the Baltic ocean’s most isolated island, located approximately 40 kilometres north from the closest civilisation. Today the island serves as a national park and a tourist attraction. The remoteness has made the island a difficult place to reach both in the past and today. Yet, excavations on the island show that human activity existed long before tourists arrived.                     The study observes Gotska Sandön through a long-term perspective by examining the osteological and archaeological findings from the island. The study is part of a larger project conducted by Uppsala university and Södertörns högskola. The purpose of the study is to examine the historic human activity on the island to determine the island’s importance for humans in the past. Therefore, this paper examines all ages where human activity can be traced, resulting in a perspective from the stone age to present-time.         Results indicate human activity through different eras where the island has worked as a hunting ground as well as a place for rituals such as funeral sites. Conclusions that can be drawn from the study is that the island has had different meanings through different times, ritual such as functional. The study finds a strong connection between human activity and seal hunting throughout the ages and indicates the impact seal hunting has had for human survival.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Gotska Sandön, Osteology, Osteoarchaeology, archaeology, hunter-gatherers, seal hunting, Baltic sea.
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Humanities and the Arts
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-385710OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-385710DiVA, id: diva2:1325492
Subject / course
Osteology (HGO)
Educational program
International Archaeology Programme with osteological orientation (HGO)
Presentation
2019-05-11, Gotlands Museum, Strandgatan 14, Visby, 12:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-16 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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