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Author Price, T. Douglas (Theron Douglas), author.

Title Ancient Scandinavia : an archaeological history from the first humans to the Vikings / T. Douglas Price.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2015.

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Description 1 online resource : illustrations (some color), maps (some color)
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "This book is about the prehistory of Scandinavia, from the first inhabitants to their Viking descendants. Scandinavia in this study includes the modern countries of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The first chapter provides frameworks for understanding the prehistory of Scandinavia, concentrating on place, time, and archaeology. The subsequent chapters are organized by the major archeological divisions of the time between the arrival of the first inhabitants, sometime after 13,500 BC, and the end of the Viking period, ca. AD 1050, from the end of the Pleistocene, to the early Neolithic, to the Vikings. The archaeology of this region provides an exceptional perspective on the development of human society. It's a kind of laboratory for the evolution of human culture that allows us to examine detailed evidence about past changes in human society and to ask questions about what took place during this process. Human groups in Scandinavia evolved from small bands of migratory hunters to village farmers, metal-using tribes, and early states in roughly 10,000 years. While the focus of this volume is on Scandinavia, what has been learned there has implications across a much broader set of archaeological questions: how do humans colonize new regions, how do hunter-gatherers adapt to difficult environments, how do humans cope with dramatic changes in their environment, how important was the sea for hunter-gatherers, why did foragers become farmers, what were the consequences of farming, how did hierarchical social relationships develop, how did early states operate? Insight on these questions in Scandinavia sheds light elsewhere in the prehistoric world"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Cover; Ancient ScandinAvia; Copyright; Contents; Preface; Chapter 1 PLACE, TIME, AND ARCHAEOLOGY; Organization of the Book; Scandinavia Today; History in Very Brief; Scandinavia in Prehistory; Time: Chronology and Culture; Past Environments: Ice, Land, Sea; Past Environments: Vegetation; Past Environments: Animals; Past Environments: Resources; Archaeology in Scandinavia; Chapter 2 THE FIRST INHABITANTS, 13,000-9500 BC; The Founders; Origins in Western and Central Europe; The End of the Pleistocene; The Late Paleolithic of Northern Europe; Hamburgian, 13,000-11,800 BC; Stellmoor, Germany.
Jels and Slotseng, DenmarkMölleröd, Sweden; Federmesser, 12,000-10,800 BC; Bromme, 11,500-10,500 BC; Bromme, Denmark; Stoksbjerg Vest, Denmark; Ahrensburgian, 11,000-9000 BC; Dværgebakke, Denmark; Hässleberga, Sweden; Hensbacka, 10,500-9000 BC; Rørmyr II, Norway; Almeö, Sweden; Fosna, 10,000-9000 BC; Galta 3, Norway; Nyhamna, Norway; Komsa, 9500-8500 BC; Slettnes, Norway; Dumpokjauratj, Sweden; Treasures; Stellmoor, Germany; Poggenwisch, Germany; Weitsche, Germany; Summary: Late Pleistocene Hunters; Chapter 3 THE LAST HUNTERS, 9500-4000 BC; The Old Bull; The Mesolithic in Scandinavia.
Environmental Changes in the Early HoloceneThe Beginning of the Mesolithic; Regional Traditions; Southern Scandinavia; Maglemose; Kongemose; #Nivå, Denmark; Ertebølle; #Tybrind Vig, Denmark; #Ringkloster, Denmark; West Sweden/East Norway; Huseby Klev, Sweden; Dammen, Sweden; Balltorp, Sweden; South and West Norway; Kotedalen, Norway; Vingen, Norway; Northern Norway; Tønsnes, Norway; Early Northern Comb Ware Culture; Middle Sweden; Kanaljorden, Sweden; Northern Sweden; Aareavaara, Sweden; Alträsket, Sweden; Mesolithic Patterns; Subsistence; Settlement; Sedentism; Cemeteries; Vedbæk, Denmark.
Strøby Egede, DenmarkTreasures; Ryemarksgård, Denmark; Tågerup, Sweden; Rosenhof, Germany; Skellingsted Bro, Denmark; Slate Tools, Northern Scandinavia; Amber Effigies, Denmark; Vedbæk, Denmark; Summary: Foraging Adaptations; Chapter 4 THE FIRST FARMERS, 4000-2800 BC; A Market for Axes; Neolithic Scandinavia; Hunters to Farmers; Mechanisms and Causes; Colonization versus Adoption; Causes of the Transition; Population; Resource Availability; Social and Economic Change; Funnel Beaker Culture (TRB); Origins; Wangels, Germany; Subsistence; Hallmarks; Ceramics; Axes; #Dragsholm, Denmark.
Exchange and TradeTypes of Sites; Settlements and Structures; Mossby, Sweden; Lisbjerg Skole, Denmark; Bjørnsholm, Denmark; Almhov, Sweden; Skjutbanorna 1A, Sweden; Skogsmossen, Sweden; Kotedalen, Norway; Flint Mines; Bog Offerings; Monumental Tombs; Earthen Long Barrows; Jättegraven, Sweden; Dolmens and Passage Graves; Kong Svends Høj, Denmark; Enclosures; Sarup, Denmark; Döserygg, Sweden; Treasures; Skarpsalling, Denmark; Bygholm, Denmark; Porsmose, Denmark; Summary: The Transition to Agriculture; Chapter 5 NEOLITHIC SOCIETIES, 2800-1700 BC; Expensive Trinkets; The Middle and Late Neolithic.
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Subject Prehistoric peoples -- Scandinavia.
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Scandinavia.
Scandinavia -- Antiquities.
Scandinavia -- History -- To 1397.
Social archaeology -- Scandinavia.
HISTORY -- Europe -- Scandinavia.
HISTORY -- Ancient -- General.
Antiquities, Prehistoric.
Prehistoric peoples.
Social archaeology.
Chronological Term To 1397
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Price, T. Douglas (Theron Douglas). Ancient Scandinavia 9780190231972 (DLC) 2014032951 (OCoLC)900306404
ISBN 9780190231989 (electronic bk.)
019023198X (electronic bk.)