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Främmande brons i nord: Användningen deponeringen och importen av Hallstattsvärd i Sverige under den yngre bronsåldern
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2023 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Foreign bronze in the north : The usage, deposition and import of Hallstatt swords in Sweden during the late bronze age (English)
Abstract [sv]

Denna kandidatuppsats täcker användningen, deponeringen och handeln av Hallstattsvärd i Sverige under den yngre bronsåldern. Mycket har sagts om fynden, spridning och användning av svärden som hittats inom Hallstattkulturens geografiska gränser men jämförelsevis har lite skrivits om den rika samlingen av Hallstattsvärd som hittats i Sydskandinavien. Denna avhandling syftar till att diskutera kontexten kring dessa fynd genom rumslig och jämförande analys tillsammans med tolkningar av tidigare forskning för att ta reda på hur dessa främmande föremål kan ha använts utanför deras ursprungsområde. Resultaten drar slutsatsen att de svenska Hallstattsvärden har deponerats i de traditioner som rådde i Skandinavien under YBÅ, många av dessa visar även spår av lokal produktion. Svärdens eggskador tyder även på att de kan ha använts annorlunda från den tolkade användningen som kavallerivapen inom Hallstatt. Svärden har tolkats ur ett postprocessuellt perspektiv som levande föremål vars förstörelse och deponering efterliknar den mänskliga användarens död och begravning. 

Abstract [en]

This bachelor’s thesis covers the usage, deposition and trade of hallstatt swords in Sweden during the late bronze age. While much has been said about the findings of hallstatt swords within the geographical boundaries of the Hallstatt culture comparably little has been written about the rich collection of the same swords found in southern Scandinavia. This thesis aims to discuss the context of these findings through spatial and comparative analysis together with the interpretations of previous archaeologists to figure out how these foreign objects may have been used outside of their area of origin. The findings conclude that the Swedish hallstatt swords have been deposited in the traditions prevalent in Scandinavia at the time and many of them show signs of local production. The blade damage prevalent on some swords suggest a different usage from the perceived cavalry weapons observed in Hallstatt. The swords have been interpreted from a post processual perspective as living objects whos destruction and deposit mimics that of the death and burial of the human user.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2023. , p. 37
Keywords [en]
Hallstatt swords, Scandinavia, Late Bronze Age, Bronze Swords, Sword deposition, Sword production
Keywords [sv]
Hallstattsvärd, Skandinavien, Yngre Bronsålder, Bronssvärd, Svärddeponering, Svärdproduktion
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-505746OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-505746DiVA, id: diva2:1772135
Subject / course
Archaeology
Educational program
Bachelor's Programme in Archaeology and Ancient History
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Available from: 2023-06-22 Created: 2023-06-21 Last updated: 2023-06-22Bibliographically approved

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