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De stenbundna skeppen i trädens skugga: En studie kring skeppsformade monument från yngre bronsålder på Öland
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Ship formed monuments from the Late Bronze Age on the island of Öland, southeast Sweden, have never been thoroughly dealt with in previous research, despite the fact that the region is suggested to have had a key-role in maritime trade networks. This thesis aims to address the ship formed monuments on Öland in relationship to the monuments in northern Småland and the island of Gotland. My goal is to discuss how the ship symbolism was practised during the Late Bronze Age in Scandinavia from a new perspective. I also aim to shed new light on the Bronze Age culture on Öland. I show that the ship formed monuments on Öland mark important maritime routes in the landscape leading to the core areas in the Late Bronze Age. These routes are not only linked to the trade which took place, but also to the landscape it self. I argue that the maritime movement in the landscape has helped to create and re-create the cosmology. Thus, the symbolic and practical function of the ship is tied together. Furthermore, I show that the memory connected to a mythological past has played a crucial role in the rituals leading up to the building of the monument. By integrating a circular view of time while interpreting the rituals instead of a linear one, I argue that this can be understood as a way of transforming the soul for rebirth. 

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2013. , 71 p.
Keyword [en]
ship settings, stone ships, bronze age, death, burials, rituals, cosmology, öland, småland, gotland
Keyword [sv]
skeppssättningar, skeppsformade stensättningar, bronsåldern, döden, begravningsritualer, gravar, kosmologi, öland, småland, gotland
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-26943OAI: diva2:631597
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Archaeology Master’s Programme, 60 credits
2013-06-11, Nisbethska, Linnégatan 5, Kalmar, 19:14 (Swedish)
Available from: 2013-06-26 Created: 2013-06-21 Last updated: 2013-06-26Bibliographically approved

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