Dynamic adaptations of the Mesolithic pioneers of Gotland in the Baltic Sea

  • Jan Apel Stockholm University, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Sweden
  • Jan Storå Stockholm University, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Sweden
Keywords: lithic technology, osseous technology, marine adaptation, seal exploitation, Stora Förvar, Mesolithic

Abstract

Mesolithic pioneers reached Gotland around 9200 cal BP and adopted seal-hunting. The subsistence economy was flexible, and the importance of freshwater fish is reflected in the location of settlements and available stable isotope data. Overgrowing lakes provided an important subsistence base, and marine resources were mainly related to raw material needs. The narrower breadth of resources is reflected in the osseous production, where implements were made from seal bones. The lithic technology exhibits local adaptations over time – in the form of a simplification of the technology – that we relate to sedentism and increases in risk management and external networks.

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Published
2020-11-30
How to Cite
ApelJ., & StoråJ. (2020). Dynamic adaptations of the Mesolithic pioneers of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Documenta Praehistorica, 47, 6-26. https://doi.org/10.4312/dp.47.1
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