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Dödsgott med käk i kistan: En GCMS- och FTIR-analys av kermik från ett vikingatida gravfält i Alsike hage, Alsike sn, Uppland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper deals with the connection between food and burial habits during the late Iron Age in present-day Sweden. The archaeological material used in the study consists of 16 potsherds from a burial site at Alsike hage, Alsike parish, in the province of Uppland in east-central Sweden. On these potsherds have been conducted FTIR- and GCMS-analyses, in order to see what types of food have been deposited in the burials. Furthermore, the result of the GCMS-analyses has been compared to contemporary material from both burial sites and settlement sites, in order to establish whether differences between the compared materials exist. The analyses show that there are differences between the material from burial sites compared with the material from settlement sites, but not any particular differences between the material from different burial sites. Among these differences we can see that the settlement sites show: a higher amount of total lipid content, a higher amount of vessels which contained lipids indicating that food was heated in them, a higher amount of vessels which contained lipids from crop products as the only content, and a higher amount of vessels which contained lipids from ruminant animals. The interpretation of these results is also discussed in the paper. Furthermore, the results of the FTIR-analyses also shows a good correlation with the results from the GCMS-analyses, it seems that the organic “foodcrusts” analysed with FTIR indeed stem from the same meal indicated by the GCMS-analyses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. , 37 p.
Keyword [en]
food culture, viking age, vendel age, potsherds, GCMS, FTIR, lipids, lipid analys, iron age, Alsike
Keyword [sv]
matkultur, vikingatid, vendeltid, keramik, GCMS, FTIR, lipider, lipidanalys, järnålder, Alsike
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-7389OAI: diva2:198168
Available from: 2008-02-22 Created: 2008-02-22Bibliographically approved

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