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Book: Seaways to Complexity

Chapter: Background and Aims

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38006


Chapter 2 starts by presenting synthesis of the current state of research regarding the Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age and ends by outlining four primary hypotheses that follow the book throughout. First, societies living along the coast of northwestern Scandinavia were well-integrated into a Northern European System. Second, varied forms of sociopolitical complexity should be present depending on local resources strategies. Third, the stability of each society differed depending on their sociopolitical organisation. Forth, interregional communication played an important part in their development. These hypotheses are linked to set objectives that will be important to investigate in the following book: Chronological and regional variability; constructional variability; material distribution and differentiation; and local resource and subsistence traces.

Chapter Contributors

  • Knut Ivar Austvoll ( - kaustvoll8754) 'University of Oslo'