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The vitrified wall of Broborg hillfort in Uppland, Sweden – A comment on Sjöblom et al. (2022)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2023 (English)In: Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, ISSN 2352-409X, E-ISSN 2352-4103, Vol. 48, article id 103904Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recently, Sjöblom et al. assessed the cause of the vitrified wall of Broborg, the 5th century CE hillfort in East Middle Sweden. By exploring possible incentives and competence to melt stones together, as well as the genesis of the vitrified material, the authors suggested that the builders of Broborg used vitrification as a construction method to strengthen the wall. In this comment, I critically examine the line of arguments presented in support of this claim. The conclusion reached is that there is no convincing evidence to warrant a construction hypothesis.

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Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 48, article id 103904
Keywords [en]
Broborg, Hillfort, Iron Age, Scandinavia, Vitrification, Vitrified
Keywords [sv]
Broborg, fornborg, järnålder, Skandinavien, vitrifiering
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-499044DOI: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2023.103904ISI: 000998053300001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-499044DiVA, id: diva2:1745317
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Berit Wallenberg Foundation, BWS 2018.0097Available from: 2023-03-22 Created: 2023-03-22 Last updated: 2023-06-20Bibliographically approved

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