Boat-Ax Culture

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Boat-Ax Culture

 

one of the Neolithic Battle-ax cultures; it existed on the territory of Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Estonia from the second half of the third millennium B.C. to the middle of the second millennium B.C. The Boat-ax culture is known almost entirely from burials. The dead were buried in a flexed position along with clay vessels decorated with cord and comb impressions, polished flint axes used for work, stone shaft-hole battle axes (shaped like boats), bows, arrows with flint tips, and other flint tools.

REFERENCES

Forssander, J. Die schwedische Bootaxtkultur und ihre kontinen-taleuropäischen Voraussetzungen. Lund, 1933.
Oldeberg, A. Studien über die schwedische Bootaxtkultur. Stockholm, 1952.
Maimer, M. Jüngneolithische Studien. Bonn, 1962.
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