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Blekinges skogsbygd: järnålder till medeltid
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Archaeology.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The woodlands in the north of Blekinge are traditionally seen as an zone without traces of prehistory. Literature discussing the pre-history and early medieval times in Blekinge usually describes the north of the county as a thick unfriendly and impenetrable forest. This is with certainty very easy to believe for someone walking in the thick spruce. Only, in the iron age the forests primarily consisted of beech. It could, naturally, still have been hard to penetrate but a forest consisting of deciduous, gives another basis. The woodlands contains a lot of remains from our history, as ruins from small cottages and cairns who was created during the time when even the woods where an agricultural place. Finds from the pre-history though, are scarce. Though there are some indications that a closer look could pay of.With the neighbouring county's as references there are some features worth checking up on. For one, the thousands of cairns residing in the woods, could, according to investigations performed in Småland, have been started as early as the stone age, though more often in the iron age or the medieval period. There are also interesting finds as "eldslagningsstenar", stones assumed to have been used to get a fire going. Some have been found in Blekinges woodland area and they could indicate that there were human presence during the iron age. To make conclusions in the matter of "were there people living in the northern regions of Blekinge during pre-history?" is not a simple task, but I think there is reasons to stay open minded and to take care to investigate even areas that have got no pre-historical remains previously recorded.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 44 p.
Keyword [en]
Blekinge, iron age, medieval, woodland area, settlement
Keyword [sv]
Blekinge, skogsbygd, järnålder, medeltid, röse, bosättning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296115DiVA: diva2:936299
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-13 Last updated: 2016-06-14Bibliographically approved

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