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Gravar i Fångstmarken: En osteologisk analys av 10 gravar från Vindförbergs udde i norra Dalarna
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 thesisAlternative title
Burials in the wilderness : Grave investigations i northen Dalarna (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay include the osteological analysis of ten cremation burials from the burial ground of Vindförberg in Ore parish, Dalarna. The burial ground on Vindförberg was used between the years 100 and 550 AD. during the Iron age. Vindförberg is a hunting burial ground which is one of two burial practices that existed during this age in Dalarna. The hunting ground graves are located far from settlements and their origin is under debate. Theories about these graves say that they are either settlers from the south or hunting-gatherer groups from the north and west. The questions this essay is if it is possible to see the structure of the community the people behind the burial ground at Vindförberg had. This will be achieved with the help of age and sex determinations to study the relationship between the different graves at Vindförberg. In excess of previous question, it was also of interest to compare the result from Vindförberg with four other contemporary burial grounds to inquire similarities and differences. Of the 43 graves on the burial ground, ten were analyzed in this essay. A total weight and volume of nine kilograms and twelve liters was analyzed. Human, dog, bear, elk, beaver, and fish were the identified species from Vindförberg. Because of the very fragmented material, the determinations of age and sex proved difficult to estimate. This led to the discussion being more about the ancient people’s conception of the world and rituals as well to social structure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
Iron age, Cremation, Hunting ground burials, Dalarna, Human osteology, Animal osteology
Keyword [sv]
Järnåldern, Insjögravar, fångstmarksgravar, Dalarna, Vindförberg, osteologi, brandgravar
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296202OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296202DiVA: diva2:936626
Subject / course
Archaeology (HGO)
Educational program
International Archaeology Programme with osteological orientation (HGO)
Available from: 2016-06-14 Created: 2016-06-14 Last updated: 2016-06-14Bibliographically approved

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