Technology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe - Transmission of Knowledge and Culture (Volume 2) - Kjel Knutsson

Technology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe - Transmission of Knowledge and Culture (Volume 2) - Kjel Knutsson

Early Mesolithic Regional Mobility and Social Organization: Evidence from Lithic Blade Technology and Microlithic Production In Southern Scandinavia

Technology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe - Transmission of Knowledge and Culture (Volume 2) - Kjel Knutsson

Mikkel Sørensen [+-]
University of Copenhagen
Mikkel Sørensen is Associated Professor at department of archaeology, the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. His research and teaching is focused on prehistoric hunter-gatherer societies of northern Europe and the Arctic, and on lithic technological studies. He is currently engaged in a project about Mesolithic wetland settlements in the bogs of Southern Scandinavia, which also has become a MA course topic at University of Copenhagen.

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This paper aims to enlighten aspects of how the later part of the Maglemosian society was organized at the large regional scale. The study area is defined as southern Scandinavia, from Blekinge to central Jutland and northern Germany and the time period is defined relatively as the Maglemosian phase 3/techno-group 3. This phase is dated to the centuries around 7000 BC, i.e. the transition from the Boreal to the Atlantic pollen zone in southern Scandinavia. In all, 24 lithic assemblages from excavated sites in this area are analysed and 12 of these have been studied in deep by the author. Two distinct lithic technologies and their distinct craft processes are studied: the production of microliths and the lithic blade production. The study concludes that the conical core pressure blade concept has a clearly eastern distribution in southern Scandinavia. The western Baltic region was part of the pressure blade community of practice. The study points to a proposition that the conical core pressure blade concept might have arrived with people coming from the north (Scandinavia) into an earlier Maglemosian tradition.Middle Mesolithic Blade Technology in Sweden, c. 8th Millennium BC.

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Sørensen, Mikkel. Early Mesolithic Regional Mobility and Social Organization: Evidence from Lithic Blade Technology and Microlithic Production In Southern Scandinavia. Technology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe - Transmission of Knowledge and Culture (Volume 2). Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 173-199 Apr 2018. ISBN 9781781795163. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=30724. Date accessed: 22 Jul 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30724. Apr 2018

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