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The Metal Hoard from Pile in Scania, Sweden: Place, Things, Time, Metals, and Worlds around 2000 BCE

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The metal hoard from Pile has branded the onset of the rich Nordic Bronze Age since its discovery in 1864 at the coast of Scania in southwestern Sweden. Yet, this book provides the first detailed documentation, scientific examination and historical interpretation. Indeed, Pile emerges as the earliest, finest and among the largest of the Nordic sacrificial deposits of metalwork in watery settings. In this book, Pile figures as a place at the brim of the sea as much as an ensemble of exquisite things and coppers that arrived to Scandinavia from various parts of Europe around 2000 BCE. Pile was a maritime node and a landing place for exogenous metals and exotic daggers and rings, but also a site where the smith produced coveted axes for wider distribution locally and regionally. Such robust axes of ‘Pile-type’ boosted the political economy of Southern Scandinavia 2100-1700 BCE while adding to a hot atmosphere of tensions and change. Pile was networked with the near and the far in a multi-scalar manner that made history. To underpin this claim the chapters unfold as a ‘history from beneath’ beginning with place, things and time and concluding with metals and the worlds that became connected at the very threshold to the long Afro-Eurasian Bronze Age.
Original languageEnglish
Place of publicationAarhus
PublisherAarhus Universitetsforlag
Number of pages233
ISBN (Print)978 87 7184 143 5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017

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