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Små båtyxor och äktaminiatyrer under mellanneolitikum i Svealand
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology. (Rethinking Human Nature)
2012 (Swedish)In: Fornvännen, ISSN 0015-7813, E-ISSN 1404-9430, Vol. 107, no 1, 1-15 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Boat axes are one of the main object categories defining the Battle Axe Culture in Sweden (2800–2100 cal BC). Scholars interpret the axes as purely symbolical objects. During the later part of the period, miniatures occur. Their role has been much discussed. The axes have been interpreted as associated with children's graves or related to deposition sites in the landscape and ascribed symbolism. Yet, little research has been devoted to understanding the first appearance of the miniature boat axes and relating them to other changes in the material culture towards the end of theMiddle Neolithic B.

This study aims to reviewprevious research into the miniature boat axes and to discuss their role inMiddleNeolithic society. The discussion includes a survey of the axes and an analysis of their physical qualities in order to give the group a stringent and practical definition.

The results suggest that boat axes of miniature size should be seen as a distinct part of Middle Neolithic B material culture. They differ from the full-sized axes in terms of shape, frequency and function.

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Stockholm: Kungl. Vitterhets Historie och Antikvitets Akademien, 2012. Vol. 107, no 1, 1-15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-173791ISI: 000302831700001OAI: diva2:525193

Title in english: Small Boat Axes and True Miniatures in Middle Neolithic Svealand

Available from: 2012-05-25 Created: 2012-05-07 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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