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Scandinavia's Role in the Copper Networks of Europe in the 2nd Millenium BC

The overall aim of the proposed project is to test the new and partly controversial results about the import of copper to Scandinavia in the Bronze Age (BA). The new outcomes have modified prevailing theories of interaction and mobility in the BA. A complex picture of connections between Scandinavia and other parts of Europe has emerged, which warrants further attention. The unexpected results contradict earlier theories which identified Central European mines as the main suppliers of copper. In particular, we have identified a strong affinity to Mediterranean ore sources, which needs to be detailed further.

The proposed project will concentrate on the Early Nordic BA, when the supply of bronze in the whole of Europe was quite substantial. Our previous conclusions were based on lead isotope and chemical analyses of more than 200 objects from Scandinavia. This is, however, a small amount of the more than 20 000 objects from this region. In order to test these results, we need to conduct tests on a minimum of 200 new samples. These will be made on Scandinavian objects as well as strategically chosen European artefacts.

Some of the main issues which need to be illuminated are how the chronological variation observed in the Scandinavian material correlates with the extent and structure of copper production in the Mediterranean region, and whether differences can be distinguished within Scandinavia which indicate that there were various trade routes and networks.

Docent Johan Ling
Phil Melheim, PhD
Zofia Stos-Gale, PhD
Lena Grandin, PhD
Docent Hjärthner-Holdar

Contact Information

Johan Ling

Box 200, 405 30 GÖTEBORG,

031-786 29 74

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