Towards an understanding of Early Bronze Age Weapons in Southern Scandinavia
In recent years archaeological research has developed a radically new theoretical approach to prehistoric material culture. Objects are no longer regarded as simple products of human behavior, but rather as agents interacting with people on multiple levels. As such, artifacts play an active role in producing, maintaining and reproducing social identities, communicating new ideas and technological innovations and creating ideologies and cosmologies. Our understanding of material culture has obtained a social dimension, and we as archaeologists have become aware of the importance of making this aspect of our analysis and interpretation more explicit.In archaeology there has been a tradition of distinguishing between original objects and imitations. However, this distinction does not provide us with much information about the social function and symbolic meaning of an object in a cultural context. Instead, we have to focus on the social life and role of an artifact - whether it is an original object, imported from a different cultural sphere, or an imitation, produced locally. Through my presentation I would like to stimulate the debate about this new approach, starting off with the hoard finds of swords of the type Hajdúsámson-Apa from Stensgård, Torupgårde and Dystrup in Denmark.
Bar International Series: Proceedings of the 10th Nordic Tag Conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009, 2012
import; imitation; sværd; Bronzealder; sword; Bronze Age