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Blinded by the light: studying settlement patterns using NIR – spectroscopy and palaeoenvironmental reconstructions

PhD project 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. Link to the thesis: https://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-220813

Head of project

Mattias Sjölander
Project assistant

Project overview

Project period:

2018-09-03 2023-11-14

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Department of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

Research area

Archaeology, Digital humanities, Earth science
Latest update: 2024-02-26