A preboreal relation with Elks - the ritual elk deposits from Lundby Mose

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The early preboreal in southern Scandinavia is an enigmatic period. As the environment was recovering from the severe cold of younger dryas, people were re-colonizing the barren landscape. But the earliest traces of people in the preboreal are not settlement sites, but bones from elks deposited in small kettleholes. At Lundby Mose bones from at least 13 elks were deposited in 6 different concentrations. The Elks were deposited at - at least - four separate events. The earliest elk-deposits were made in the very early part of the preboreal (L1, L2 & L3). The deposits consisted only of elk-bones, and they are interpreted as an expression of a ritual human-animal relationship, a communication between the hunter and the souls of the elks. A large concentration of bones from elks (L5), and other animals, is dated to a later part of the preboreal. Its composition and characteristic is more reminiscent of settlement waste as we know it from the subsequent Boreal period. Together with similar finds from Skottemarke and Skottemarke, and some newly interpreted sites of same age, it is proposed that Lundby mose is part of a special ritual horizon. This could be seen as the newcomers attempt to colonize the new landscape with souls - a ritual game management - to secure a good stock of game for the future.
Periode15 mar. 2019
BegivenhedstitelSocio-environmental Dynamics over the Last 15.000 years: The Creation og Landscapes VI: Scales of Transformation
PlaceringKiel, TysklandVis på kort
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