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What are Stone Age axes doing in Iron Age tombs?

Iron Age tombs have been found in Norway containing Stone Age artifacts, prompting archaeologists to ask how they got there.

The researchers say that people back in the Iron Age had a conscious relationship to objects from earlier times that connected them to their past.

“People probably considered old objects as a heritage from their ancestors.

Recycling of old burial mounds for new graves is an indication of this relationship. The idea was that the mounds were memories from a distant past, and written sources indicate that recycling of mounds had a double function. Apart from providing a grave for the dead they also legitimized property and rights. People asserted their control over an area by burying their family in a gravesite belonging to their ancestors,” Thäte explains.

The archeologists think that people in pre-history were superstitious and that the axe was deposited in the grave as a part of the burial ritual.

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2 thoughts on “What are Stone Age axes doing in Iron Age tombs?

  1. The Salisbury Hoard by Ian Stead talks about Bronze Age objects found in an Iron Age hoard. Its interesting to think ancient people were collecting the stuff of more ancient people.

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