Blinded by the light: studying settlement patterns using NIR – spectroscopy and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions
In this thesis the topic of settlement and mobility during the 2 000 – 0 BC period in Northern Sweden is investigated using an Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) approach. The focus is on raw material management of quartzite within the Västerbotten region, Sweden. Non-destructive spectroscopic analysis is applied on bifacial points in order to assess the variability of quartzite and test theoretical models of material flow among hunter-gatherers within the region.
The aim of this project is to build on and develop theoretical models of material flow of quartzite among hunter-gatherers in Northern Sweden. To achieve this quartzite bifacial points have been sampled and analysed using a set of non-destructive spectroscopic methods (Near-Infrared, Raman, X-Ray Fluorescence). By grouping the material based on these differences, and how these groups are distributed spatially, it is possible to gain insight into material management among hunter-gatherers.