Collective spaces and material expressions: ritual practice and island identities in Neolithic Gotland
2016 (English)In: Decoding Neolithic Atlantic & Mediterranean island Ritual / [ed] George Nash and Andrew Townsend, Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 2016, 1, 1-15- p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
In this chapter we explore the mid-Neolithic ritual evidences associated with the Pitted Ware Culture groups on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. We discuss collective spaces and actions and question whether the graves are the results of a sedentary-settlement concept. A nuanced approach is advocated, which brings to ligth the complexity of the individual inhumations found at the cemeteries as part of the ritual actions tied to specific place and collective space alike. These burials are apparently part of a collective ritualised expression, but also individualised in therms of personal expressions found in the grave goods, body position and treatment of skeletal remains. We will use several case studies which will explore group identity abd dynamics in an island context as well as how certain expressions are seen in the individual grave-rituals
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford and Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 2016, 1. 1-15- p.
Gotland, Neolithic, Ritual Practice, Pitted Ware Culture
Research subject Archaeology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-292833ISBN: 978-1-78570-050-7ISBN: 978-1-78570-050-4OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-292833DiVA: diva2:926762