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Heide Wrobel Nørgaard

PhD, Part-time Lecturer

Heide Wrobel Nørgaard
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DFF-Sapere Aude postdoc project: An archaeological fingerprint: Isotopes as a key to trace Denmark’s metal supply and routes of transfer in Early Bronze Age (2100-1500 BCE). 

As early as 2100 BCE, societies in Denmark became metal-using and for the first time dependent on one exogenous resource. Our knowledge concerning the cross-Europe interconnectivities and dependencies, in the early Bronze Age, is insufficient. These intriguing mechanisms that formed the Nordic Bronze Age can only be understood, when we are able to reconstruct the metal trading routes 2100-1600 BC. With led/tin isotope analyses of 600 bronze artefacts, this project will radically change the picture, as it presents enough data for reconstructing transport routes, and the social circumstances that formed a society based on long-distance trade. The project involves novel tin-isotopy to detect a possible deviating origin of copper and tin, hence exploring the possibility of unknown trading routes. These interdisciplinary analyses will add a reliable amount of data to identify and model major changes in the transfer routes that sustained the initial phases of societal formation in the NBA.




PH.D.-project within the FP7 Marie-Curie ITN network "Forging Identities":

Title: Craftsmanship, Production and Distribution of Metalwork in the Early and Middle Northern Bronze Age

Keywords: northern Bronze Age, jewelry, craftsmanship, distribution area, neck collars

Description: Workshops and their sphere of influence is an important factor in the identification of social groups who are contained within and related to what we term workshop. Here the specialization within the workshop based on certain forms and behaviors can be linked to the education and knowledge of social groups. Statements about the origin of foreign objects can help to clarify social interaction in Bronze Age Europe, as described in theories of traveling ideas or moving cultures. The project aims not only to find the centers of production and their distribution areas but also to examine their role in the creation of social identities. The aim is furthermore to examine the techniques used by the Bronze Age smith of magnificent decorated bronze objects from period II and III in Scandinavia, Northern Germany and Poland.


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