The Creation of Regions: An Alternative Approach to Swedish Middle Neolithic Boundaries and Cultures
2012 (English)In: Norwegian Archaeological Review, ISSN 0029-3652, Vol. 45, no 1, 52-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article investigates whether there is an alternative understanding to the presumed coast–inland division that has dominated middle Neolithic research in Sweden. Traditionally, the partition of the landscape is put in relation to two different material cultures said to represent two different ethnic groups: the Pitted Ware Culture and the Boat Axe Culture. An alternative interpretation is presented based on analyses of water catchment areas, naturally formed regions and landscape historicity. The results suggest that the traditional division between the inland and the coast may be questioned since the naturally formed regions include both zones and hence both material groups. For this reason, the difference in the material culture is more likely a consequence of different activities taking place at different locales within a single region, rather than being evidence of various ethnic groups.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 45, no 1, 52-75 p.
Sweden, middle Neolithic, material culture, water catchment, regions, historicity
Research subject Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-173788DOI: 10.1080/00293652.2012.671505ISI: 000303656100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-173788DiVA: diva2:525187