Life and Death in the Mesolithic of Sweden [Paperback]

Mats Larsson (Author)

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ISBN: 9781785703850 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2017 | Language: English 144p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w and colour




Life and Death in the Mesolithic of Sweden

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Over the last 20 years a vast number of new and important Swedish Mesolithic sites have been excavated and published in different ways as articles, books and site reports. As yet there has been no study that tries to bring the loose ends together and so the main task of this important new work by one of Sweden’s leading prehistorians is to provide an extensive overview of some of the main sites and results. The timespan is long: c. 10 000-4000 BC and the amount and choice of data very large so rather than attempt to describe everything in detail Mats Larsson focuses on a series of fundamental research perspectives concerning Mesolithic lifeways and settlement patterns and chooses key sites to illustrate them. The emphasis is on southern and middle Sweden, though the country’s northern regions are in no way forgotten. This companion piece to the author’s recent successful volume Paths Towards a New World: Neolithic in Sweden, written for a general audience is also a must for all those archaeologists interested in the Mesolithic of Northern Europe and would be students of prehistory.

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1. The Mesolithic in Sweden: an introduction
 Mesolithic on the move
 
2. Hunters in the Forest
 Agerödmosse (bog)
Settlement patterns and hunting/collecting strategies
Life and death
The end of the Mesolithic in Scania
Segebro-an Early Atlantic Settlement at the coast
Ageröd V-An Atlantic bog site
Tågerup- Settlement and Burials
  Yngsjö and Årup
The Last Hunters- The Ertebølle Culture
  Soldattorpet, Limhamn
Löddesborg
  Tågerup
  Bredasten
  Yngsjö
 
3. BLEKINGE: NEW DISCOVERIES
 Bro 597
 Damm 6
 Norrje Sunnansund: Tons of fish
 
4. HUNTERS ALONG THE KALMAR STRAIT AND ON ÖLAND
Tingby, a much discussed house
New excavations at Tingby
Concluding remarks
 Öland
5. SEALHUNTERS ON GOTLAND
 Taking care of the dead
6. INTO THE FOREST: EARLY HUNTERS IN THE SOUTH SWEDISH INLAND
7. PIONEERS: HUNTERS IN EASTERN MIDDLE SWEDEN
 Östergötland. New discoveries
  The Mjölby sites
Mörby
Sand covered houses
  Högby
  Storlyckan: Another site with a dwelling structure
   The hut
   Spatial distribution
  Western Östergötland, Lake Tåkern
  Sites around Linköping
  Life and death around Motala
  Death in the Lake
  The Late Mesolithic in Östergötland
  Pioneering hunters: some remarks
8. PIONEERS IN THE EARLY ARCHIPELAGOS OF EASTERN MIDDLE SWEDEN
  Early sites
  Late sites
9. MOVING INLAND
10. THE WESTERN PART OF SWEDEN
  The earliest sites
  Hensbacka Culture
  Inland sites
  Sandarna Culture
  The dead
  The Late Mesolithic
   Lihult
   Lihult inland sites
   Transverse arrowheads
 
11. MOVING NORTH
  Leksand
  Along the coast-further north
12. PIONEERS IN THE INTERIOR OF NORTHERN SWEDEN
  The earliest sites
  Later Mesolithic
Epilogue
References

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