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Memories of features, memories in finds. The remembrance of the past in Iron Age Scandinavia

Larsson, Lars LU (2010) In Material Mnemonics. Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe p.174-187
Abstract
Memory in prehistoric societies may be observed in the repetitive use of places and artefacts. The fact that sites were used for different purposes with intervals of several centuries indicates that information about land use, e.g. for ritual purposes, was retained for several generations. In some cases the use of old cemeteries and the copying of old ornaments might act as a link to past times with special attraction. During the excavation of a large settlement site at Uppåkra, southernmost Sweden, a small ceremonial building was found. At least seven stages of the same structure, dating from about 200 AD to the mid-ninth century, were identified. The striking sequence of stave buildings might mirror the long and seemingly unchanged... (More)
Memory in prehistoric societies may be observed in the repetitive use of places and artefacts. The fact that sites were used for different purposes with intervals of several centuries indicates that information about land use, e.g. for ritual purposes, was retained for several generations. In some cases the use of old cemeteries and the copying of old ornaments might act as a link to past times with special attraction. During the excavation of a large settlement site at Uppåkra, southernmost Sweden, a small ceremonial building was found. At least seven stages of the same structure, dating from about 200 AD to the mid-ninth century, were identified. The striking sequence of stave buildings might mirror the long and seemingly unchanged memory of religious, social and political importance. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Memory in prehistoric societies may be observed in the repetitive use of places and artefacts. The fact that sites were used for different purposes with intervals of several centuries indicates that information about land use, e.g. for ritual purposes, was retained for several generations. In some cases the use of old cemeteries and the copying of old ornaments might act as a link to past times with special attraction. During the excavation of a large settlement site at Uppåkra, southernmost Sweden, a small ceremonial building was found. At least seven stages of the same structure, dating from about 200 AD to the mid-ninth century, were identified. The striking sequence of stave buildings might mirror the long and seemingly unchanged memory of religious, social and political importance.},
  author       = {Larsson, Lars},
  editor       = {Lillios, Katina and Tsamis, Vasileios},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {174--187},
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  series       = {Material Mnemonics. Everyday Memory in Prehistoric Europe},
  title        = {Memories of features, memories in finds. The remembrance of the past in Iron Age Scandinavia},
  year         = {2010},
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