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Why were they pots? An experimental perspective on the introduction of ceramics in Early Neolithic South Norway

Author(s): Tine Schenck

Year: 2009

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Summary

Pottery was introduced into South Norway in the Early Neolithic, around 4000 BCE. Ceramic pots arrived without the additional agriculture it is so commonly associated with in most of northern Europe. As it must be assumed that hunter-gatherers already had container technology for gathering and storage, the question posed by this thesis is why pottery was introduced into the material culture of such complex hunter-gatherers. Two aspects of pottery use are investigated: the utilitarian aspect is explored through functional experiments concerning storage, cooking and brewing beer. The symbolic aspect is considered in light of the experimental results and the recent developments in Early Neolithic Scandinavian and European research.


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Why were they pots? An experimental perspective on the introduction of ceramics in Early Neolithic South Norway. Tine Schenck. . University of Oslo, Oslo. 2009 ( tDAR id: 422734)


URL: http://www.bod.com/index.php?id=3435&objk_id=356287


Keywords

General
Ceramic

Geographic Keywords
Norway

Temporal Keywords
Neolithic


Spatial Coverage

min long: 4.883; min lat: 57.988 ; max long: 31.074; max lat: 71.138 ;

Individual & Institutional Roles

Contact(s): EXARC Experimental Archaeology Collection Manager


Record Identifiers

ExArc Id(s): 9425

Notes

Rights & Attribution: The information in this record was originally compiled by Dr. Roeland Paardekooper, EXARC Director.


Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America