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Prestigeekonomi under yngre stenåldern: Gåvoutbyten och regionala identiteter i den svenska båtyxekulturen
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2008 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The thesis identifies and discusses some fundamental changes that took place during the middle neolithic period in Sweden, with the introduction of the Boat Axe Culture. The possibility of intrepreting the Corded Ware Cultures by way of networks, identified through the regional designes of battle axes, are proposed. With the aid of a reconsideration of the typology of the Swedish boat axes, ethnographic examples of gift-exchanges, and a theoretical reappraisal of the implications of archaeological praxis for prehistorc life-worlds, new possibillities for interpreting the changing role of such prestige items as the boat-axes are presented. A new chronological scheme is also presented for the Swedish boat axes, with a tripartite division of the latter middle neolithic into MN BI-III. The value of the boat axe is further considered to be explicable only in terms of a prestige item, dependent on a system of exchange for its continual valuation. Central to this discussion is the relationship between value and exchange. Several regions within the Swedish Boat Axe Culture are identified, and the boat axes in two of these regions in the southern part of the Mälar valley are thoroughly examined. It is shown that during the cours of the Boat Axe period, the emphasis gradually changed from a regional to an intra-regional focus concerning the development of types and special designes of the boat axes. Identified similarities and dissimilarities of contemporary boat axes within and between regions are explained as a result of a parallel change in gift exchanges, from a regional focus to an intra-regional focus. An hierarchical ordering of the latter middle neolithic soceity is also identified, where only a portion of the boat-axes were selected as burial gifts. This development is chartered onto the broader neolithic development in Sweden, with special focus on the role of prestige items such as battle axes. A fundamental change is identified as taking place during the Boat Axe period, when the full implications of a prestige economy were implemented and the major strategies for power settled on the inter-regional level.

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Uppsala: Universitetsbiblioteket , 2008. , p. 295
Series
Occasional papers in archaeology, ISSN 1100-6358 ; 43
Keywords [en]
Archaeology, Stone Age, Middle Neolithic, Boat Axe Culture, Corded Ware Culture, Boat Axe, Battle Axe, Gift exchange, Regional identity, Prestige, Economy, Value, Typology
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-9349ISBN: 978-91-506-2032-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-9349DiVA, id: diva2:172755
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2008-12-06, Geijersalen, Engelska Parken, Hus 6, Thunbergsvägen 3, Uppsala, 10:00
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Available from: 2008-11-14 Created: 2008-11-14Bibliographically approved

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