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Ett mesolitiskt gränsland: En GIS-baserad studie av Närkes kolonisationsprocess
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2018 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Mesolithic Borderland : A GIS-based Study of Närke’s Colonization Process (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to understand the colonization process of the county Närke in relation to the surrounding archaeologically defined areas western Sweden and eastern central Sweden. By using a comparative analysis and a landscape analysis in combination with a theoretical framework that advocates for colonization as a process and not an event, I argue that Närke was colonized from within eastern central Sweden around 8 500 BC, based on the use of local raw material quartz. Further, I argue for the importance of the sea to the mesolithic people in the area around 7 500–4 500 BC as more than just an economic resource. Around 4 500 BC contact with groups in western Sweden increased which in time brought the idea of farming to the area. The late mesolithic sites in Närke show continuity into the early neolithic age, rejecting the idea of a Funnelbeaker migration in the area. 

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2018. , p. 32
Keywords [en]
Mesolithic, Eastern Central Sweden, Landscape, GIS, Viewshed Analysis, Colonization, Pioneer, Migration, Mobility, Settlement modelling.
Keywords [sv]
Mesolitikum, östra Mellansverige, landskapsarkeologi, GIS, siktanalys, kolonisation, pionjär, migration, mobilitet.
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Archaeology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164548OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164548DiVA, id: diva2:1279667
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Available from: 2019-02-28 Created: 2019-01-17 Last updated: 2019-02-28Bibliographically approved

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