Depåfyndet från Härnevi, del II.: Sammanhang och förståelse av en fragmenterad bronsdepå i torrmark från yngre bronsålder i Uppland.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
Metal hoards with broken artefacts have for a long time been regarded as scrap metal hoards, which means that a smith has hidden away bronze with the intention to unearth it later and make new items from it. It is, however, my apprehension that such interpretations are wrong. The aim is therefore to understand the metal hoard from Härnevi parish, as well as the connections it appears, as results after cultic activities. By studying the landscape and the Bronze Age religion I hope to understand the underlying thoughts that resulted in the deposition of the hoard.
Since the landscape are going to play an important role when trying to understand the connections in which the metal hoard appears, this paper also gives me an opportunity to study other types of ancient monuments from the Bronze Age. By doing this I hope to see the geographical transformation and cultural development of Härnevi from the beginning of the Early Bronze Age to the Pre-Roman Iron Age. This could hopefully give an answer to the problem why Härnevi was a good place to deposit the metal hoard, and why it in the end was forgotten.
The place of the deposition is regarded as a natural amphitheatre were cultic performances took place. The metal hoard is interpreted as a representation of the sun’s journey over the sky, a metaphor of life itself.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 27 p.
metal hoard, Härnevi parish, landscape, Bronze Age religion, ancient monuments, sun, amphitheatre
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-27615OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-27615DiVA: diva2:216538
Jansson, Ingmar, Docent
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