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The metal hoard from Pile in Scania, Sweden

Place, things, time, metals, and worlds around 2000 BCE

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ISBN 978 87 7184 143 5


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In 1864, a large metal hoard of copper, bronze and silver objects was discovered at Pile in the southern Swedish region of Scania. The hoard has been dated to the onset of the rich Nordic Bronze Age, and emerges as the earliest, finest and one of the largest of the Nordic sacrificial deposits of metalwork in or near water.

The metal hoard from Pile in Scania, Sweden provides the first detailed documentation, Scientific examination and historical interpretation of the assemblage. Around 2000 BCE the site of Pile was networked with places near and far in a manner that boosted the political economy of Southern Scandinavia, adding to an atmosphere of tensions and charge - and it made history. The chapters unfold as a 'history from beneath' beginning with place, Things and time and concluding with metals and the worlds that intersected in Pile at the threshold of the long Bronze Age.

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1. Prologue

2. Place

3. Things

4. Time

5. Metals

6. Worlds


Appendix 1. Metal Analysis of the Objects from Pile

Appendix 2. Corrosion and Wear in the Pile Hoard

Appendix 3. Interpretation of Lead Isotope Results form the Pile Hoard

Appendix 4. A Metallographic Study of Microstructure and Corrosion 

Appendix 5. Lists 1-2 of LN II Metal Objects from Sweden

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