Was there ever a Single Grave culture in East Denmark? Traditions and transformations in the 3rd millennium BC

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The 3rd millennium BC in South Scandinavia was characterised by a sizable cultural heterogeneity covering differences in the use of material culture, burial practices and subsistence economic strategies. In the first half of the 3rd millennium BC, four archaeologically-defined cultural groups coexisted for at least a couple of hundred years: the late Funnel Beaker culture (TRB), the forager-oriented Pitted Ware culture and the Single Grave and Battle Axe cultures, the last two belonging to the overall Corded Ware complex. As the Funnel Beaker culture ceased, East Denmark entered an insignificant and culturally blurred period usually ascribed to the so-called ‘East Danish Single Grave culture’. However, this paper argues for a renewed and balanced understanding of the cultural conditions in East Denmark and questions the presence of the Single Grave culture in the area. Instead, it is argued that new material elements were obtained and fitted into existing Funnel Beaker
traditions forming a heterogeneous cultural expression.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransitional Landscapes? The 3rd Millennium BC in Europe
EditorsMartin Furholt, Ralph Grossmann, Marzena Szmyt
Place of PublicationBonn
PublisherDr. Rudolf Habelt
Publication dateDec 2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-7749-4061-1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2016
EventINTERNATIONAL OPEN WORKSHOP 2013 : Socio-Environmental Dynamics over the Last 12,000 Years: The Creation of Landscapes III - Kiel University, Kiel, Germany
Duration: 15 Apr 201319 Apr 2013


LocationKiel University
SeriesUniversitätsforschungen zur Prähistorischen Archäologie

    Research areas

  • Faculty of Humanities - 3rd millennium BC, Single Grave culture, Corded Ware culture, East Denmark, Funnel Beaker culture, Cultural contacts, Creolisation

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