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Horses, Fish and Humans: Interspecies Relationships in the Nordic Bronze Age

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In this article, we identify and discuss Nordic Bronze Age interspecies relationships through a relational approach that is open to ontologies that differ from our own. Drawing on bronze objects, faunal remains and rock art recovered from a multitude of Nordic Bronze Age sites (1700–500 BC), we outline the complex evolution and interactions of significant socioeconomic and cosmological elements such as the horse, the sun, the warrior, the sea and fish,
and their relationships to life and death. We suggest that these elements may be seen as interconnected parts of an entangled whole, which represents a specific Nordic Bronze Age cosmology, which developed between 1600 and 1400 BC, and combined local, archaic world views and foreign influences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCurrent Swedish Archaeology
Volume28
Pages (from-to)75-98
Number of pages24
ISSN1102-7355
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Publication statusPublished - 2020

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