On the ritual display and deposition of human skulls at Kanaljorden, Motala, Sweden, 8000 cal BP
Author(s): Fredrik Hallgren
This paper discuss the ritual display and deposition of human skulls among hunter-gatherers in Scandinavia during the Mesolithic. The discussion focus on the recently excavated site Kanaljorden, at Motala, Sweden, where select human bones – mostly skulls – from a dozen individuals have been deposited on a stone-packing on the bottom of a small lake. Two of the skulls were mounted on wooden stakes still embedded in the crania. Beside human bones, the finds also include artefacts of bone, antler, stone and wood, as well as animal bones and botanical remains. The human and animal bones display a distinct spatial pattern, with different species deposited in different parts of the stone-packing. The context have been 14C-dated to c. 7800 cal. BP.
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- Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL (2016) •
- "Skull Cults" amongst Hunter-Gatherers?
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On the ritual display and deposition of human skulls at Kanaljorden, Motala, Sweden, 8000 cal BP. Fredrik Hallgren. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403808)
min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;