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A Highly Precise Chronology for the Process of Neolithization in Southern Scandinavia: The ESS Project in Lund, Sweden

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 September 2016

Bettina Schulz Paulsson*
Affiliation:
Institutionen för Historiska Studier, Göteborgs Universitet, 405 30 Göteborg, Sweden
Magnus Andersson
Affiliation:
Statens Historiska Museer, Arkeologerna, Odlarevägen 5, 226 60 Lund, Sweden
Magnus Artursson
Affiliation:
Statens Historiska Museer, Arkeologerna, Odlarevägen 5, 226 60 Lund, Sweden
Kristian Brink
Affiliation:
Sydsvensk Arkeologi AB, Erlandsrovägen 5, 218 45 Vintrie, Sweden
*
*Corresponding author. Email: schulz.paulsson@telia.com.

Abstract

In 2013, one of Sweden’s largest archaeological excavations started in association with the building of the European Spallation Source (ESS) multidisciplinary research center in Lund. The 160 radiocarbon dates that were produced for the project represent the most exhaustive dating program for a Scandinavian site so far and provide evidence for the human impact and activities on the site from the Mesolithic to the Iron Age. This article presents the results within a Bayesian statistical framework for the 70 14C dates from the Early Neolithic settlement (object 1) and a burial site with dolmens and wooden façades. For the first time, a highly precise chronology provides deeper insight into the Neolithization processes and the early settlement strategies in southern Scandinavia from ~3800 cal BC onwards.

Type
Puzzles in Archaeological Chronologies
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© 2016 by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona 

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Footnotes

Selected Papers from the 2015 Radiocarbon Conference, Dakar, Senegal, 16–20 November 2015

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