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Unique Stone Age burial items unearthed in central Sweden

Published: 29 Oct 2009 08:06 GMT+01:00

Parts of a bow, a paddle, and the wooden shaft of an axe are among the discoveries recently unearthed from the Stone Age settlement Kanaljorden outside of Motala, according to local media reports.

“Totally unbelievable,” project leader Fredrik Hallgren with the Stiftelsen Kulturmiljövård Mälardalen (‘Cultural Preservation Society of Mälardalen’) told the local newspaper Motala & Vadstena Tidning.

All of the artifacts except for the axe blade are made of wood. The objects have been preserved for thousands of years because a layer of peat covered the mud in which they were found.

The discovery is unique for central Sweden, and the bow is the first of its kind ever discovered in Sweden.

Similar bows have, however, been uncovered in Denmark.

Archaeologists working at the site had previously unearthed a femur from a human who lived in the later Stone Age.

The wooden artifacts were found nearby and weren’t resting there by chance.

“They are part of a burial ritual,” Hallgren told the newspaper.

The Kanaljorden settlement excavation site it located about 500 metres from Motala’s central train station. It was used during a part of the Stone Age known as the Mesolithic period, at which time the area around Motala an almost perfect place to live.

There was no agriculture in the area, however, with settlers instead surviving by fishing, hunting, and gathering.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

12:48 October 29, 2009 by Nemesis
This is an extremely good find.

I hope to see this in the next year or two in a museum.
13:28 October 29, 2009 by Ozpot
I also would love to see this
18:47 October 29, 2009 by RoyceD
more puzzle pieces!
22:25 October 29, 2009 by dizzymoe33
This is very fascinating. I hope they uncover more objects.
08:42 October 30, 2009 by karex
Extraordinary, and what an amazing stroke of good luck for the items to have been preserved like this. I too hope to be able to take a peek sometime.
20:30 October 30, 2009 by Vendorune
bow and no arrows? ...
22:32 October 30, 2009 by Coalbanks
Safe for thousands of years in the mud & now in danger of rot, fire...
22:04 November 5, 2009 by Whitestone
Church history; " Located in Sweden (present time name); suffragan to Hamburg (990-1104), to Lund (1104-64), and finally to Upsala (1164-1530). This diocese, the most ancient in Sweden (present time name), included the Counties of Skaraborg, Elfsborg, and Vermland. It was founded about 990 at Skara, the capital of the country of the Goths (Gauthiod) "

The first "swedes" arrive to peresent time South-Sweden after 800 AD. They were at the time (990-1104)-(1104-64)-(1164-1530) known as Goths, later Lutherians. Till 1530, present time South-Sweden was known as The Land of The Goths; Gauthiod.

So you can start bury "The Viking Age" in a grave named Hoax.

Most likely, findings in presnet time Sweden area, belong to people of Saami and/or Suomi (Finland).
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