Samples of Roger Wikell’s Work

kvarts juli 2016
We were lucky enough to be visited by three renowned Mesolithic specialists at Birgittas udde in July 2016: Lars Larsson, Fredrik Molin and Roger Wikell. Lucky, because the little Medieval stronghold we excavated had turned out to sit on a Late Mesolithic settlement site.

Roger Wikell (1965-2019) was particularly interested in three fields of research. Here is one paper for each field, all from Fornvännen because most of Roger’s Open Access work is found there. All are in Swedish with abstract and summary in English. Plus an obit written by Roger.

And below are some blog entries of mine reporting on Roger’s and Mattias’s et al. work. Apologies for the missing pictures: they were lost in a blog migration.

Author: Martin R

Dr. Martin Rundkvist is a Swedish archaeologist, journal editor, skeptic, atheist, lefty liberal, bookworm, boardgamer, geocacher and father of two.

3 thoughts on “Samples of Roger Wikell’s Work”

  1. He was quite the polymath.
    I understand it is nearly impossible to date rock art (unless you live where tropical wasps build mud nests on top of them).
    But is there any consensus about the time, relative the Yamnaya arrival?

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    1. South Scandy rock art belongs almost exclusively to the period 1700-520 cal BC, which we like to call our Bronze Age. Many compositions can also be quite finely dated within this period, as follows.

      The rock art shares motifs and stylistic flourishes with images on bronze objects. Such bronzes are often found in graves. The find combinations in the graves were seriated already in the 19th century to produce a six-phase relative chronology for the period that has resisted all attempts at falsification. The graves also contain lots of organic material, even oak logs, that have been assigned absolute dates with radiocarbon and dendrochronology. This work has also confirmed the relative chronology.

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  2. The Ancylus lake…. even if the ice was in full retreat, the climate must have been harsh. I hope we will soon find some remains with DNA so we can understand the relationship with other late ice-age hunters.

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