Diet, Health and Agriculture : The Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age Example of Abbekås, Southern Sweden

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Diet and health during the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age Scandinavia have never been under systematic study. Still, high statures have been reported from osteologists, statures
that indicate good health. This article is based on a pilot study examining health changes in relation to dietary changes due to intensified agriculture and the possible Secondary Products
Revolution as discussed by Sherratt in the early 1980s. Several different bioarchaeological methods for investigating health are applied to the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age graves
of Abbekås, southernmost Sweden, showing several parameters connected to health and viewing tendencies of health changes possibly connected to an agricultural intensification.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • History and Archaeology


  • Late Neolithic, Early Bronze Age, Abbekås, Secondary Products Revolution, Health, Bioarchaeology, Osteology, Dental Health, Stature, Trauma
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-18
JournalLund Archaeological Review
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication categoryResearch