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Imaginary vessels in the Late Bronze age of Gotland and south Scandinavia: Ship settings, rock carvings and decorated metalwork
Gotland University, School of Culture, Energy and Environment.
2010 (English)In: Current Swedish Archaeology, ISSN 1102-7355, Vol. 18, 79-103 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The paper compares the Bronze Age ship settings of Gotland with the vessels portrayed in rock carvings on the Scandinavian mainland. It also makes comparisons with the drawings of vessels on decorated metalwork of the same period. It considers their interpretation in relation to two approaches taken to the depictions of ships in other media. One concerns the use of boats to transport the sun, while the other emphasises the close relationship between seagoing vessels and the dead. A third possibility concerns the distinctive organisation of prehistoric communities on Gotland. It seems possible that the largest of the ship settings were equivalent to the Bronze Age cult houses found on the mainland and that they may even have represented the island itself.

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Stockholm: Swedish Archaeological Society , 2010. Vol. 18, 79-103 p.
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Bronze age, gotland, scandinavia, ship setting, rock carving, metalwork, ship, sun, death, house urn
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hgo:diva-819OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hgo-819DiVA: diva2:395947
Available from: 2011-02-08 Created: 2011-02-08 Last updated: 2013-07-01Bibliographically approved

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