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Den gotländska Stridsyxekulturen: migration, interaktion eller regionalitet?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Gotlandic Battle axe culture : Migration, interaction or regionality? (English)
Abstract [en]

This one-year master's thesis investigates the late part of the Middle Neolithic on the island of Gotland. This thesis has been written without the influence of a singular theoretical pespective, and has therefore seen input from the processual, and postprocessual theories. By using several perspectives, an attempt is made to view the material remains used in the most objective manner possible. The specific aim of this thesis is to investigate whether the Mid-Neolithic inhabitants of Gotland were a part of the Corded Ware culture (or as it is called in Sweden, the Battleaxe culture or the Boataxe culture). Most recent literature has concluded that Gotland was never a part of the Battlexe culture, though this thesis has discovered many parallels with the mainland culture, including the production of similar objects and ritual practices. There are indications that the Gotlandic culture also integrated traits from several other coastal regions of the Baltic Sea, something most Battle Axe settlements did not. After investigating all the data that have been linked with the Battleaxe culture, this thesis concludes that the people on the island of Gotland were not fully assimilated to the Battleaxe culture, but were approaching the culture in both a material and ritual aspects. This leaves the conclusion that the Gotlandic culture towards the end of the Middle Neolithic was somewhat of a hybrid.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 119 p.
Keyword [en]
Gotland, Pitted ware culture, Battle axe culture, Boat axe culture, Corded ware culture, hybrid culture, Neolithic, Middle Neolithic, neolithic relations, regionality, ethnicity.
Keyword [sv]
Gotland, Gropkeramiska kulturen, Stridsyxekulturen, Båtyxekulturen, Snörkeramiska kulturen, hybridkultur, neolitikum, mellanneolitikum, neolitiska relationer, regionalitet, etnicitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-220210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-220210DiVA: diva2:704458
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Archaeology (HGO)
Educational program
One-year master in archaeology (HGO)
2014-03-05, Uppsala Universitet Campus Gotland, Cramérgatan 3, Visby, 11:49 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-03-20 Created: 2014-03-12 Last updated: 2014-04-04Bibliographically approved

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