Gods of High Places and Deep Romantic Chasms: Introductory remarks to a study of the landscape situation of Bronze Age sacriicial sites in the Lake Mälaren area

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“This paper outlines work in progress with the Bronze Age sacriicial sites of the Lake Mälaren provinces in Sweden. The project’s goals are twofold: a) to understand the landscape rules behind the siting of deposits, and thereby b) to develop predictive model that would allow scholars to ind undisturbed Bronze Age deposits without the aid of farmers, dredgers or ditch diggers.

After closer study of nine sites in Uppland and Södermanland provinces in the field and numerous ones in the archives, I have found that the Bronze Age people under study preferred to make sacrifices at wet, high, topographically dramatic and ancestral locations. There are inds from bogs and white-water river gorges, hilltops, a cave and a settlement site that had once been important. In the rare dry-land deposit locations, eye-catching boulders were sought out. Known sacrificial sites appear to prefer a location 1.2–1.5 km from settlement-indicating burnt mounds, rock art and the coeval seashore. This means that sacrificial sites are typically part of the same contiguous sightlined landscape room as the homes of the people
who frequented them. ”

Originally Published:
(2011) The Changing Bronze Age: The Finnish Antiquarian Society. ISKOS 20.

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