Seascapes of stability and change: the archaeological and ecological potential of the early mesolithic seascapes with examples from Haväng in SE Baltic, Sweden

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The sea level low stand period during the Early Mesolithic in SE Baltic (c. 9,500-6,500 BC) has resulted in vast inundated areas. Some of the sites have yielded extensive remains of lagoonal and riverine sediments, as well as areas with trees preserved in situ. Investigations at one of the sites - Haväng in eastern Scania - have resulted in archaeological findings from the entire period. The preservation of organic materials are very good, and gives new insights in material culture and fishing technologies. Extensive surveying and hydro-acoustic mapping gives possibilities to draw some conclusion of the possible timing of the introduction of stationary fishing and how this relates to cultural and natural changes. The paper proposes that riverine stationary fisheries in the southern Baltic were introduced during the Boreal period (7000 BC or earlier). The Maglemose fisheries are proposed as indirect evidence of early seascape territorialisation, which must be understood in a cultural and ecological context.


External organisations
  • University of Oslo
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Archaeology
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcology of Early Settlement in Northern Europe Conditions for Subsistence and Survival The Early Settlement of Northern Europe, Volume 1
EditorsPer Persson, Felix Riede, Birgitte Skar, Heidi Mjelva Breivik, Leif Jonsson
Place of PublicationSheffield
PublisherEquinox Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781781796030
ISBN (Print)9781781795156
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameThe early sttlement of Northern Europe

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