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In the Landscape and Between Worlds: Bronze Age Deposition Sites Around Lakes Mälaren and Hjälmaren in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2015 (English)Book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Bronze Age settlements and burials in the Swedish provinces around Lakes Mälaren and Hjälmaren yield few bronze objects and fewer of the era's fine stone battle axes. Instead, these things were found by people working on wetland reclamation and stream dredging for about a century up to the Second World War. Then the finds stopped because of changed agricultural practices.

The objects themselves have received much study. Not so with the sites where they were deposited. This book reports on a wide-ranging landscape-archaeological survey of Bronze Age deposition sites, with the aim to seek general rules in the placement of sites. How did a person choose the appropriate site to deposit a socketed axe in 800 BC?

The author has investigated known sites on foot and from his desk, using a wide range of archive materials, maps and shoreline displacement data that have only recently come on-line. Over 140 sites are identified closely enough to allow characterisation of their Bronze Age landscape contexts. Numerous recurring traits emerge, forming a basic predictive or heuristic model. Bronze Age deposition sites, the author argues, are a site category that could profitably be placed on contract archaeology's agenda during infrastructure projects. Archaeology should seek these sites, not wait for others to report on finding them.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet , 2015, 400. , 153 p.
Archaeology and environment, ISSN 0281-5877 ; 29
Keyword [en]
archaeology, landscape, Bronze Age, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-101125ISBN: 978-91-7601-213-0OAI: diva2:796976
Available from: 2015-03-20 Created: 2015-03-20 Last updated: 2015-03-27Bibliographically approved

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