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Tracing Connections and movement patterns through raw material preference in the past

Tid Torsdag 24 mars, 2022 kl. 14:00 - 16:00
Plats HC212

Högre seminariet i arkeologi och miljöarkeologi bjuder in till seminarium med Mats Eriksson. Seminariet har den engelska titeln "Tracing Connections and movement patterns through raw material preference in the past –
Applying modern methods to an old problem and looking into older hypothesis".

Abstract (på engelska):

Since the 1970s many models have been proposed to explain the nature of movement and mobility patterns of prehistoric populations in the north of Sweden, and some of these models remain cited as a working hypothesis in current research. The main focus of this presentation is to discuss the methodological frameworks that are engaged with to trace the archaeological evidence for movement in the landscape of northern Sweden, and perhaps more interestingly, to test the validity of a number of the existing models. Furthermore, my PhD project also attempts to isolate specific groups of individuals living in the landscape during the Neolithic, focusing in particular on three lakes, Storuman, Vojmsjön and Malgomaj, as well as the connecting river systems, the Umeå River and the Ångerman River in Västerbotten.

The project focuses on use of Near Infrared Reflectance spectroscopy (NIR) and X-Ray Florescence (XRF) as applied to lithic artifacts, and endeavours to use these lithic artifacts and the raw materials they are made from as a proxy for human movement and interactions in the past. Additionally, my PhD project proposes to use any artifacts that have been excavated and documented in a stratigraphy in order to look at variations or trends in the use of raw materials between the stratigraphic layers. This is done in the hope of being able to compare sites in this way to see if there is a larger trend in raw material usage, or any indication of new settlers at the sites, or variations in how the site was used. Also, this endeavour could prove to be helpful in trying to connect sites through time if there are larger trends in the usage of raw materials that can be seen when comparing the results between archaeological sites and their stratigraphy.

I Högre seminariet i arkeologi och miljöarkeologi presenteras och diskuteras aktuell forskning inom arkeologi och miljöarkeologi.
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