Keramikrige gruber og velbevarede agre fra førromersk jernalder ved Boes Skov, Østjylland

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Ceramic-filled pits are some of the most frequently found feature types on Danish Early Iron Age archaeological excavations. Still they are also among the most poorly understood. Discussions often end up in attempts to classify them as either ‘rubbish’ or ‘ritual depositions’ while none of these designations seem fully satisfactory. This paper addresses this phenomenon of depositing massive quantities of intact and fragmented pottery alongside other production debris in large pits on Early Iron Age settlements, burial sites and off-site. We take a starting point in a recently conducted excavation, Boes Skov I in East Jutland, where detailed excavations of a series ceramic-filled pits found within a Celtic fields system were followed up by scientific analyses and ceramic refitting. We show that, amongst their pronounced everyday character, the pits also reflect practices of sorting as well as a deliberate renounce of an essential resource for manuring. We use the site to discuss (rather than provide solid answers to) the equivocal and multifaceted aspects of ceramic-filled pits as, displaying elements and practices from both a domestic sphere and the Early Iron Age depositional practice of ‘everyday things’.
Original languageDanish
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

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