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date: 19 July 2019

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During the transition to the fourth millennium, large quantities of amber start being distributed over the landscapes of northern and north-eastern Europe. By exploring the handling and use of amber prior to and after the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition, this chapter traces the transformation and cultural expressions connected to amber to gain insight into changing concepts of material culture, personhood, and materiality, transcending the evolutionary frameworks which dominate this period.

Keywords: Mesolithic, Neolithic, Baltic, amber, personal adornment, beads, long-distance trade, megalithic graves, Funnel Beaker culture, Pitted Ware culture

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