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03-12-2022, 08:56 AM
https://www.academia.edu/30912826/Was_there_ever_a_Single_Grave_culture_in_East_Denm ark_Traditions_and_transformations_in_the_3rd_mill ennium_BC

Northern Europe in the early 3rd millennium BC, the Pitted Ware culture was somehow related to a larger complex of sub-Neolithic forager cultures found in Northeastern Europe. In South Scandinavia, Pitted Ware sites date between ca. 2900–2400 BC. In comparison, the late Funnel Beaker culture (the St. Valby phase) was the final stagewithin a long tradition that began with the introduction of an agrarian economy in SouthScandinavia around 4000 BC. The FunnelBeaker period is usually believed to have come to an end around 2800 BC, when Single Grave communities introduced individual inter-ments in small burial mounds, cord-decorated beakers and new types of stone battle axes to the Jutland Peninsula. However, some radio-carbon dates show that the late Funnel Beakerphase continued for quite some time in theeasternmost parts of Jutland and on the Danish Islands. As the Funnel Beaker culture ceased, EastDenmark displayed an insignificantand culturally blurred development, characterised by a mixture of continued Funnel Beaker traditions and Single Grave, Battle Axe and Pitted Ware culture elements. The material culture dated to this period (ca. 2600–2350 BC,the final Middle Neolithic) has from early on been defined by C.J. Becker (1936) as the ‘EastDanish Single Grave culture’.

However, the question to be posed here inquires whether a Single Grave culture ever really existed in East Denmark? Answering this question includes are consideration of the material culture, the burial custom, the settlement pattern and finally the subsistence economic practice.