Beyond the Neolithic transition: - the ‘de-Neolithisation’ of South Scandinavia

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In South Scandinavia, the Funnel Beaker culture is synonymous with the emergence of Neolithic societies (c 4000 BC), the construction of megalithic monuments and agricultural lifestyle. After c 1300 years of existence the Funnel Beaker culture ceased and a culturally blurred period began.
In the south-western parts of the Jutland Peninsula, the Single Grave culture emerged (c 2850 BC) expressing a high degree of cultural uniformity. In Eastern Denmark this uniformity was absent and instead the material culture shows a mixture of late Funnel Beaker, Pitted Ware and Single Grave culture elements. The question is whether the end of the Funnel Beaker culture in Eastern Denmark marks a period of decline and fragmentation or one of continuity and incorporation of new cultural elements and subsistence strategies. In particular the revival of hunter-fisher-gatherer strategies applied by the Pitted Ware culture represents a different economic focus than that held by the Funnel Beaker culture. The renewed focus on hunter-fisher-gatherer strategies, 1000 years after the introduction of agriculture, challenges the prevalent understanding of the dynamics behind the Neolithisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNW Europe in Transition : The Early Neolithic in Britain and South Sweden
EditorsMats Larsson, Jolene Debert
Number of pages7
Place of PublicationOxford
Publication date2013
ISBN (Print)978 1 4073 1087 9
Publication statusPublished - 2013
SeriesB A R. International Series

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - ‘de-Neolithisation’, Neolithic lifestyle, mobile strategies, megalithic tombs, TRB, Single Grave culture, Pitted Ware culture, South Scandinavia, third millennium BC

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