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DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture
ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Uppsala University

Posted on 10/14/2019 8:16:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe Culture was found when constructing a roundabout in Linköping. 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried together with a child, a dog and a rich set of grave goods including one of the eponymous battle axes. "Today, we call this site 'Bergsgraven'. I have been curious about this particular burial for a long time. The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists allows us to understand more about these people as individuals as well as where their ancestors came from," says archaeogeneticist Helena Malmström of Uppsala University, lead author of the study.

The Scandinavian Battle Axe Culture appears in the archaeological record about 5,000 years ago and archaeologically it resembles the continental European Corded Ware Culture. "The appearance and development of the culture complex has been debated for a long time, especially whether it was a regional phenomenon or whether it was associated with migratory processes of human groups, and -- if the latter -- from where," says osteoarchaeologist Jan Storâ of Stockholm University, one of the senior authors of the study.

By sequencing the genomes of prehistoric individuals from present-day Sweden, Estonia and Poland, the research team showed that the Scandinavian Battle Axe Culture and continental Corded Ware Culture share a common genetic ancestry, which had not been present in Scandinavia or central Europe before 5,000 years ago. "This suggests that the introduction of this new cultural manifestation was associated with movements of people. These groups have a history which we ultimately can trace back to the Pontic Steppe north of the Black Sea," says population geneticist Torsten Günther of Uppsala University, co-lead author of the study.

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TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: battleaxeculture; bigaxe; bigbadaxe; blacksea; cordedwareculture; denmark; estonia; godsgravesglyphs; helixmakemineadouble; lithics; neolithic; poland; ponticsteppe; scandinavia; singlegraveculture; stoneaxes; sweden
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The Battle Axe Culture on Bornholm

Bornholm was influenced by the cultural development that took place in southern Sweden; a development that in many ways can be compared to the changes occurring in Jutland and the east of Denmark around 2800 BC. The Single Grave Culture’s neighbour to the east was called the Battle Axe Culture or the Boat Axe Culture, named after its boat-shaped battle axes made of stone. Substantial areas of land were also cultivated on Bornholm. Stone cists were used for burials.

The so-called boat-shaped battle axes are typical of the Battle Axe Culture of Bornholm. Pottery vessels and axes, chisels and arrows made of flint are also common as grave gifts on the island of Bornholm.

[National Museum of Denmark]


National Museum of Denmark

1 posted on 10/14/2019 8:16:10 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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2 posted on 10/14/2019 8:17:52 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Modern Battle Axe culture ...


3 posted on 10/14/2019 8:26:26 PM PDT by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bookmark


4 posted on 10/14/2019 8:28:22 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (The more I learn about people, the more I like my dog.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Nobody knows what they're looking for, they got a battle axe and maybe more.
5 posted on 10/14/2019 8:32:27 PM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptors)
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To: TigersEye

You win the internet.


6 posted on 10/14/2019 9:07:53 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: SunkenCiv

SunkenCiv, you’ve done it again. Quite interesting. Thanks for the post.


7 posted on 10/14/2019 9:10:07 PM PDT by txnativegop (The political left, Mankinds intellectual hemlock)
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To: TigersEye

The Plumb Company made roofing hatchets for Sears and Roebuck way back when. I own one. Ground it down and altered it to take off weight for wood shingles. Looks like a tomahawk.


8 posted on 10/14/2019 9:18:10 PM PDT by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Interesting how three separate population groups didn’t inter-mix much. Perhaps they had opposing cultures also? My haplogroup r1a1 came out of Eastern Europe through the Baltics to settle southern Sweden and Norway. I know they were more recent and brought the Germanic culture with them.


9 posted on 10/14/2019 9:57:51 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: TigersEye

What a postclimactolithic battle axe might look like.

10 posted on 10/14/2019 10:17:52 PM PDT by Theophilus (Ich bin ein Hong Konger)
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To: SunkenCiv

They had a family dog.

I like these people.


11 posted on 10/14/2019 10:39:27 PM PDT by Salamander (Is A Dream A Lie If It Don’t Come True...Or Is It Something Worse?)
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To: MrEdd

Thanks for that link. That girl can sing.


12 posted on 10/14/2019 10:56:58 PM PDT by csvset (tolerance becomes a crime when attached to evil)
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To: csvset

It’s a French electro swing band. Watch some of the videos of their live performances. One of their percussionists is pretty good on the vibraphone.


13 posted on 10/14/2019 11:24:40 PM PDT by MrEdd (Caveat Emptors)
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To: SunkenCiv

I was hoping you would post this. I read it yesterday and realized something. Wouldn’t this make Thor Heyerdahl correct about his origin theory?

Something interesting about the lithics in that image, the two lighter shaped “axes” in the center are arch shaped and asymmetrical, the shadow shows this. I think they are actually spokeshaves for working wood just parked upside down. If they were arched the other way I would say wood gouges for hollowing out. Is so that would be cool technology for the time.


14 posted on 10/15/2019 4:20:46 AM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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Nope, They are flat and could be used for either. So are two of the small ones at the bottom. Cool, stone wood gouge/shaves....


15 posted on 10/15/2019 4:29:31 AM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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I thought at first they were kazoos


16 posted on 10/15/2019 4:32:58 AM PDT by babble-on
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Lol, shaped right for sure. But they are definitely “hollow ground”.


17 posted on 10/15/2019 5:10:51 AM PDT by Openurmind (The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world it leaves to its children. ~ D. Bonhoeffer)
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To: Theophilus

That poor kid. He parents should be brought up on charges.

(Just my opinion)


18 posted on 10/15/2019 6:51:57 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Did somebody say "Neolithic Battle Axe"?


19 posted on 10/15/2019 6:53:26 AM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
I was hoping to sneak this topic through without one of her images. Shoulda known better. ;^)

20 posted on 10/15/2019 10:49:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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