Animal Teeth and Mesolithic Society

Lars Larsson, T. Douglas Price

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Abstract

In several graves from the Mesolithic sites of Skateholm, South Sweden, animal teeth were found. Some of these teeth were used as beads in clothing. The strontium isotope analysis of 11 animal teeth is reported and discussed in comparison with human values from burials at the sites and baseline values from South Sweden. Roughly half of the animal teeth are nonlocal and from different places of origin. The beads themselves appear to carry symbolic information that may be related to the physical or social attributes of the wearer. This study involved a detailed investigation of the use-wear around the perforation and its relation to the local and nonlocal origin of the teeth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalOpen Archaeology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Archaeology

Keywords

  • animal tooth beads
  • Mesolithic
  • Skateholm
  • strontium isotope analysis
  • Sweden
  • use-wear studies

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