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The environmental context of a prehistoric rock carving on the Bjäre Peninsula, southern Sweden
University of Reading.
University of Reading.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4640-8784
University of Lund.
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2011 (English)In: Journal of Archaeological Science, ISSN 0305-4403, E-ISSN 1095-9238, Vol. 38, no 3, 746-752 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Palaeoecological analysis of peat deposits from a small bog at Lingården, southern Sweden, have been used to examine the nature and timing of vegetation changes and anthropogenic activity associated with a nearby rock carving located close to the edge of the wetland. This study is the first of its type to investigate the environmental context of rock carvings in southern Sweden. Debate has tended to focus on chronology and iconography, with little consideration of the environmental relationships of rock carvings and how vegetation may help construct a site within its surrounding landscape. The pollen evidence from Lingården demonstrates that the rock carving was located in an isolated semi-wooded setting during the late Bronze Age. This is in stark contrast to several other pollen studies from the Bjäre Peninsula that record widespread woodland clearance and agricultural activity from the late Neolithic–Bronze Age transition. The results of this study support hypotheses that suggest complex rock carvings, such as Lingården, were separated from settled areas. This sense of separation and isolation is reinforced by the vegetation surrounding the rock carving. This paper also discusses the relationship between charcoal in the pollen sequence and evidence that the decorated outcrop had been burnt.

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2011. Vol. 38, no 3, 746-752 p.
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Palaeoecology, Human impact, Bronze age, Rock carving, Sweden, Fire
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-11031DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2010.11.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-11031DiVA: diva2:402159
Available from: 2011-03-07 Created: 2011-03-07 Last updated: 2015-02-18Bibliographically approved

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