Tales of Hoards and Swordfighters in Early Bronze Age Scandinavia: The Brand New and the Broken

  title={Tales of Hoards and Swordfighters in Early Bronze Age Scandinavia: The Brand New and the Broken},
  author={Lene Melheim and Christian Horn},
  journal={Norwegian Archaeological Review},
  pages={18 - 41}
This article focuses on the complexity of Early Bronze Age weapon depositions. While some of the deposited weapons have been disabled by intentional breakage, others seem to be more or less unused. A plausible explanation for the variability is that the surrender of lethal weapons to land or water was a means of coping with their power or agency – their individuality. We suggest that weapons, in their capacity as extensions of warriors’ bodies, may have substituted for humans in ritual… 

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