A Spatial Approach to Socioeconomic Change in Scandinavia: Central Sweden in the First Millennium B.C.

  • Thomas B. Larsson


During the first millennium B.C., in particular the period 800 B.C.-B.C./A.D., great processes of change seem to have been in operation in many parts of Scandinavia (cf. Jensen 1982:198ff; Kristiansen 1984:95; Larsson 1986:180ff). Throughout Scandinavia there are archaeological indications of change in, for example, settlement pattern, land use and mortuary practice which reflect change in socioeconomic complexity during this period. In central Sweden, where preservation conditions have been very favorable compared with, for example south Sweden and Denmark, this process of change can be studied in great detail. The transformation of the Late Bronze Age socioeconomic system to the ‘new’ Early Iron Age system that is observable in the archaeological record from the centuries around the year O will be analyzed and discussed in terms of production, reproductionj and organization.


Settlement Pattern Archaeological Record Arable Farming Burial Ground Mortuary Practice 
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  • Thomas B. Larsson
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  1. 1.Department of ArchaeologyUniversity of UmeåSweden

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