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Collective spaces and material expressions: ritual practice and island identities in Neolithic Gotland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History.
2016 (English)In: Decoding neolithic atlantic & mediterranean island ritual / [ed] George Nash and Andrew Townsend, Oxford & Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 2016, 1-15 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we explore the mid-Neolithic ritual evidence associated with the Pitted Ware Culture groupson the Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. We discuss collective spaces and actions and question whether thegraves are the result of a sedentary-settlement concept. A nuanced approach is advocated, which brings tolight the complexity of the individual inhumations found at cemeteries as part of ritual actions tied to specificplace and collective space alike. These burials are apparently part of a collective ritualised expression, but alsoindividualised in terms of the personal expressions found in the grave goods, body position and treatment ofskeletal remains. We will use several case studies which will explore group identity and dynamics in an islandcontext as well as how certain expressions are seen in the individual grave-rituals.

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Oxford & Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 2016. 1-15 p.
Keyword [en]
Burial ground, material culture, ritual practice, pitted ware, Gotland
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Humanities
Research subject
Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-310722ISBN: 978-1-78570-050-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-310722DiVA: diva2:1057850
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-19 Last updated: 2016-12-19

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