Analysis of late mid-Neolithic pottery illuminates the presenceof a Corded Ware Culture on the Baltic Island of Gotland

  • Erik Palmgren Visby
  • Helene Martinsson Wallin Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University
Keywords: Pitted ware culture (PWC), Gotland, Ceramics, Ajvide

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss variations seen in the ornamentation and modes of manufacturing pottery from the end of the mid-Neolithic 4600–4300 BP on the Island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. The Pitted Ware cultural groups have been discussed as a western influence from the Swedish mainland, but the aDNA on skeletal remains point to eastern influences. We analyse and discuss pottery from the well-investigated Ajvide Pitted Ware site and what these variations mean in term of intra- and inter-island relationships, ethnicity and change, and we suggest the development of what could be described as a hybrid culture.

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Author Biographies

Erik Palmgren, Visby
Independent researcher and project leader
Helene Martinsson Wallin, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, Uppsala University

Professor

Published
2015-12-17
How to Cite
Palmgren, E., & Martinsson Wallin, H. (2015). Analysis of late mid-Neolithic pottery illuminates the presenceof a Corded Ware Culture on the Baltic Island of Gotland. Documenta Praehistorica, 42, 297–310. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.42.21
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