Huts and Deposition of Refuse at Fräkenrönningen, a Neolithic Coastal Dwelling Site in Eastern Middle Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies2011 (English)In: International journal of osteoarchaeology, ISSN 1047-482X, E-ISSN 1099-1212, Vol. 21, no 2, 173-186 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present detailed taphonomic study deals with faunal remains from the Middle Neolithic site of Fräkenrönningen, located in Eastern Middle Sweden. Archaeological excavations in 1993 revealed the remnants of eight hut-structures and several different features spread over approximately 1500 m2. Large amounts of pottery and stone artefacts were recovered together with approximately 14.6 kg of burnt faunal remains. Our specific aim was to examine the depositional patterns of burnt bones at the site; the diversity between the huts and the sub-areas between the huts. Spatial patterns of seal and fish bones as well as that of the anatomical representation of seals were investigated.The refuse disposal patterns were spatially organised, and some site areas exhibited large refuse agglomerations of burnt bones. Most faunal remains were recovered immediately outside of the huts. The size of the huts did not correspond with absolute amounts of refuse. Both large and small huts showed a variation in amount of bones. The bones of harp seal (Phoca groenlandica) and ringed seal (Phoca hispida) were deposited in all areas of the site, showing a rather similar anatomical representation in all areas. The size of the huts was associated with the composition of the faunal remains. The huts in the western area were smaller in size than those in the eastern area, and they exhibited a higher frequency of fish bones. Interestingly, the fish bones showed the most marked variability between the different areas of the site. The largest amounts of fish bones were deposited in a restricted area of the north-western part of the site, in association with three of the huts. The present study highlights the importance of detailed taphonomic studies of fishbone.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 21, no 2, 173-186 p.
Neolithic, taphonomy, fish bones, Fräkenrönningen, intra-site study, depositional patterns
Archaeology Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25491DOI: 10.1002/oa.1119ISI: 000288872100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-25491DiVA: diva2:199827
authorCount :32008-10-022008-10-022012-01-16Bibliographically approved