Livets scener och dödens platser : Om bronsålder i södra Bohuslän utifrån en gravläggning i Faxehögen, Kareby socken

Detta är en avhandling från Stockholm : Institutionen för arkeologi och antikens kultur

Sammanfattning: This thesis addresses the importance of regional variation in prehistory. In Kareby parish, in southern Bohuslän, western Sweden, a large burial mound was partially excavated in the 1960’s. A person in the Faxe mound, was buried with a belt plate, a dagger and arm rings. Similar burials found in Denmark, indicate that the buried person in the Faxe mound was most probably a woman. Bronzes from the Bronze Age are quite unusual in Bohuslän, which made this a spectacular find. And the fact that the person buried with these items had been buried in a mound, not in a cairn as could be expected in this area, made it even more intriguing.The purpose of this thesis is to explore how the people in southern Bohuslän, during the Bronze Age, were influenced by both external contacts and local traditions. By using the Faxe mound as a starting point, and by linking it to the immediate surroundings as well as adjacent areas, I aim to explore the Bronze Age in Bohuslän. The text is divided into four parts: objects, graves, settlement sites and rock carvings. Each theme is explored with the Faxe mound as starting point. The Faxe mound and the woman who was buried within, has had a great impact on the use of the surrounding Kareby heath.Using a specific burial, when analysing the Bronze Age in Bohuslän, may be unusual. The Faxe mound has been my way to focus attention on regional differences. The Faxe woman seems to have been one of a kind in this area. The aim of this book has, however, been to include as many aspects as possible. Other traces of the Bronze Age, be they artefacts or ancient monuments, all contribute to a greater understanding of the Bronze age as a whole. And finally, the way that we chose to present archaeology has a great impact on future interpretations.

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