Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

16. Marine Adaptation in the Middle Mesolithic of South-eastern Norway

Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations - Hein B. Bjerck

Steinar Solheim [+-]
University of Oslo
Steinar Solheim is researcher in archaeology at the Museum of Cultural History, University of Oslo. His research covers both the Mesolithic and Neolithic of Norway. Solheim has been in charge of large scale archaeological projects focusing on Mesolithic sites in South-eastern Norway.
Per Persson [+-]
University of Oslo
Per Persson is Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, at the University of Oslo.

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During 2010-2012 the Museum of Cultural History excavated several sites dated to the Middle Mesolithic (8300-6300 BC) in the western parts of the Oslofjord region. This has provided us with an opportunity to discuss several aspects of the period. The sites show diversity in lay out, size and organisation. This allows for well-founded interpretations of the Middle Mesolithic society, settlement systems and economy based on empirical data of high quality. Here two sites are presented as case studies: Hovland 3 with a well-dated (c. 7500 BC) dwelling structure and the contemporary site Prestemoen 1 with preserved bones. These recently excavated sites from the Oslofjord region have parallels in the Late Mesolithic period, rather than the assumed more mobile Early Mesolithic society. Already from around 7500 BC we see traces of a more stable settlement pattern and lifestyle.

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Solheim, Steinar; Persson, Per. 16. Marine Adaptation in the Middle Mesolithic of South-eastern Norway. Marine Ventures - Archaeological Perspectives on Human-Sea Relations. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 261-276 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781791363. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24568. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24568. Nov 2016

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