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The Creation of Regions: An Alternative Approach to Swedish Middle Neolithic Boundaries and Cultures
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology. (Rethinking Human Nature)
2012 (English)In: Norwegian Archaeological Review, ISSN 0029-3652, Vol. 45, no 1, 52-75 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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.

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London: Routledge, 2012. Vol. 45, no 1, 52-75 p.
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Sweden, middle Neolithic, material culture, water catchment, regions, historicity
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-173788DOI: 10.1080/00293652.2012.671505ISI: 000303656100003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-173788DiVA: diva2:525187
Available from: 2012-05-07 Created: 2012-05-07 Last updated: 2012-06-08Bibliographically approved

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