Mysteriet med de spridda människobenen på Ajvide, Gotland: en studie om olika gravskick samt begravningsritualer under neolitikum
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The mystery concerning the scattered human remains at Ajvide, Gotland : a study about different burial customs and funerary rituals during the Neolithic (English)
This essay includes an osteological analysis on the 1122 scattered human remains from The Pitted Ware culture site at Ajvide, Gotland. The scattered human remains have been found in the cultural layers, during archeological excavations at Ajvide between the years 1983-1987 and 1992-2009, where a burial ground was discovered. During the excavations, 85 skeletons graves were found, with complete and incomplete skeletons of 87 individuals. But aside from the graves, scattered human bones were discovered at The Pitted Ware culture site. One of the aims of the essay was to examine the bone material of the scattered human remains, and to determine whether this could possibly be a different type of burial custom than the skeletons graves. The possibilities if the scattered human bones could belong to the graves with incomplete skeletons or if the fragmentary human bones could be part of some type of funerary rituals were also discussed. A literature study of geographical comparisons was made about other Stone Age excavations sites in Gotland and on the Swedish mainland, where human scattered remains have been found as well. Another aim was to compile all the data on the human bone material from Ajvide and to explain the difficulties concerning the subject, since this phenomenon has rarely been discussed or documented. This essay was an attempt to try to uncover the secret about the scattered human remains.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 124 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-1477OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-1477DiVA: diva2:537430
Subject / course
International Archaeology Programme with osteological orientation
Sten, SabineWallin, Paul
ProjectsNeolitiska livstilarHälsa genom tiderna