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Interdisciplinary analyses of the remains from three gallery graves at Kinnekulle: tracing Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age societies in inland Southwestern Sweden
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Hist Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden..
Lund Univ, Dept Archaeol & Ancient Hist, Lund, Sweden..
Univ Gothenburg, Dept Hist Studies, Gothenburg, Sweden..
Curt Engelhorn Ctr Archaeometry, Mannheim, Germany..
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2023 (English)In: Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences, ISSN 1866-9557, E-ISSN 1866-9565, Vol. 15, article id 94Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper, we investigate the Scandinavian Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age of Kinnekulle in southwestern Sweden. The above-mentioned periods in the study area are poorly understood and the archaeological record consists of a few stray finds and a concentration of 20 gallery graves. This study focuses on three of the gallery graves where commingled skeletons from successive burials were recovered. The human remains and the artefacts from the graves were used for discussing individual life stories as well as living societies with the aim of gaining new knowledge of the last part of the Neolithic and the beginning of the Early Bronze Age in southwestern Sweden. We focused on questions concerning health and trauma, mobility and exchange networks, and diet and subsistence of the people using the graves. Chronological, bioarchaeological, and biomolecular aspects of the burials were approached through the application of archaeological and osteological studies, as well as stable isotope, strontium isotope, radiocarbon, and mtDNA analyses. The study provides evidence for high mobility and diverse diets, as well as inhumations primarily dated to the transition between the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. We suggest that the mountain plateau of Kinnekulle was mainly reserved for the dead, while the people lived in agriculture-based groups in the surrounding lower lying regions.

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Springer, 2023. Vol. 15, article id 94
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Scandinavian Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age, Gallery graves, Isotope analyses, Health, Trauma, Subsistence, Mobility
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-506984DOI: 10.1007/s12520-023-01793-6ISI: 001002993100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-506984DiVA, id: diva2:1778830
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Swedish Research Council, VR 2013-1905Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M13-0904:1Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationUniversity of GothenburgAvailable from: 2023-07-03 Created: 2023-07-03 Last updated: 2024-06-10Bibliographically approved

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