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Dating the Trollesgave site and the Bromme culture - chronological fix-points for the Lateglacial settlement of Southern Scandinavia

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  • Anders Fischer, The Danish Agency for Culture, National Museum of Denmark
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  • Morten Fischer Mortensen, National Museum of Denmark
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  • Peter Steen Henriksen
  • Dorte Rørbeck Mathiassen, not available
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  • Jesper Olsen

The Bromme culture belongs to the Lateglacial, the period when people settled in the recently deglaciated Southern Scandinavia. Until now there have been only a few imprecise fix-points relating to the chronological position of this archaeological culture. This situation can now be improved with the aid of research results from a Bromme culture settlement at Trollesgave in SE Denmark. Using pollen and plant macrofossil data, Lateglacial lacustrine deposits containing waste material from the settlement can be assigned to the end of the climatically mild Allerød period. A series of 14C dates establishes the age of the settlement as c. 10826±49 14C years BP (12871-12590calyrBP). By correlation with climate data from the Greenland ice cores, the occupation can be assigned to the early part of the cold climatic zone GS-1, thus demonstrating that the global ice-core climate zones are not absolutely synchronous with the regional division into biozones.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Pages (from-to)4663-4674
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

    Research areas

  • Allerød, Bromme culture, Climate change, Late Palaeolithic, Pollen analysis, Southern Scandinavia, Younger Dryas

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