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Hampnästoften: tradition eller förnyelse?
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2009 (Swedish)In: Arkeologi i norr, ISSN 0284-558x, no 11, 93-114 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
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The paper deals with the old find of the thwart from Hampnäs, Själevad parish in Northern Ångermanland. Through Jakob Eklund the find spot for the thwart could be located. The thwart has been radiocarbon dated to c. 200 BC and has its almost exact paralell in the famous Hjortspring ship from Denmark. During the excavation of the supposed place for the find, we can conclude that both the character of the soil, the depth of the clay layer and the dating of organic material there, confirm Jakob Eklund´s tip. Based on the height above the present sea level and the radiocarbon dating  it can be concluded that when the ship, in which the thwart originally had been placed, were in action the sea level was c. 22 m over that of the present day. Since the find was made c. 11 m a. s. l. it means that the twart had sunk to the bottom of the sea which on this spot at that time was 11 m deep. Through an abnormal sedimenation the thoft was covered with first clay and silt and later with up to two meter sand sediments. Therefore it has been preserved.

The last part of the aricle discusses how the thoft could appear in this northern district. Is it an heritage from the many depicted ships of the northern hunting groups or is it a result of the transition to a sedentary South Scandinavian life style during the Pre-Roman Iron Age? Both possibilities stays open until we find good examples of  Neolithic and Bronze Age ships used by the northern hunting and fishing societies

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Umeå: Umeå universitet Inst för ide- och samhällsstudier , 2009. no 11, 93-114 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26977OAI: diva2:275368
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