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The first eastern migrations of people and knowledge into Scandinavia: evidence from studies of Mesolithic technology, 9th-8th millennium BC
University of Copenhagen, Njalsgade 80, DK-2300 KBH.S..
University of Helsinki, Institute of Cultural Research, Department of Archaeology, PO Box 59, FI-00014, Finland..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
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2013 (English)In: Norwegian Archaeological Review, ISSN 0029-3652, Vol. 46, no 1, 19-56 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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In this paper a team of Scandinavian researchers identifies and describes a Mesolithic technological concept, referred to as the conical core pressure blade' concept, and investigates how this concept spread intoFennoscandia and across Scandinavia. Using lithic technological, contextual archaeological and radiocarbon analyses, it is demonstrated that this blade concept arrived with post-Swiderian' hunter-gatherer groups from the Russian plain into northern Fennoscandia and the eastern Baltic during the 9th millennium bc. From there it was spread by migrating people and/or as transmitted knowledge through culture contacts into interior central Sweden, Norway and down along the Norwegian coast. However it was also spread intosouthern Scandinavia, where it was formerly identified as the Maglemosian technogroup 3 (or the Svaerdborg phase'). In this paper it is argued that theidentification and spread of the conical core pressure blade concept representsthe first migration of people, technology and ideas into Scandinavia from thesouth-eastern Baltic region and the Russian plain.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-188616DOI: 10.1080/00293652.2013.770416ISI: 000320018500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-188616DiVA: diva2:578388
Pioneer settlement, scandinavia, pressure-blade technology, chaine operatoire
Available from: 2012-12-18 Created: 2012-12-18 Last updated: 2013-08-30Bibliographically approved

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