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Ambiguous Affiliations: Varying relations between burial mounds and buried individuals in the South Scandinavian Bronze Age

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Mads Kähler Holst - Lecturer

  • Section for Prehistoric Archaeology
In the first centuries of the second millennium BC a number of changes occurred in the burial mound practices in South Scandinavia. Larger monuments were now constructed and an increased variation in the grave inventory emerged. This is generally assumed to reflect a more distinct expression of individual identity and a diversification of social roles and status in the Bronze Age society. These monumental barrows are traditionally considered a direct representation of the position and influence of the deceased individual. There are, however, a number of finds, which suggest an ambiguous interplay between the significance of the mound and the significance of the dead. There are examples of a break-up of the individual burial custom, and occasionally also of the individual body. There are complex relations between the burial inventories, the burial structure, and the size and history of the monument, and there appears to be an emerging emphasis on a communal expression in the location of the barrows in the landscape and in the organization of the construction procedures. This complexity probably reflects differing conceptions of the meaning of the burial custom, the barrows and their dead, and the varied agendas which unfolded around them.
22 Sep 2007

Event (Conference)

TitleEAA 2007

ID: 9673447