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Radiocarbon dates show the origins of megalith graves and how they spread across Europe

13 February, 2019 - Göteborgs universitet

How did European megalith graves arise and spread? Using radiocarbon dates from a large quantity of material, an archaeologist at the University of Gothenburg has been able to show that people in the younger Stone Age were far more mobile than previously thought, had quite advanced seafaring skills, and that there were exchanges between different […]

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Oldest ever traces of the plague found in Falköping

6 December, 2018 - Göteborgs universitet

In a 5,000 year old grave outside Falköping, scientists have found the oldest traces of the plague bacterium’s DNA in the world. An international research team including archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg made the discovery using advanced DNA techniques. According to the researchers, this discovery may also have identified the first pandemic in history […]

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New book series focuses on Critical Heritage Studies

22 November, 2017 - Göteborgs universitet

The University of Gothenburg furthers its pioneering work in the field of Critical Heritage Studies with a new series published by Cambridge University Press. The series contains about 50 titles and will be available online. Critical Heritage Studies is a new and expanding field of research and teaching, bringing together humanities and social science disciplines […]

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Research Sheds Light on Montessori’s Collaboration with Mussolini

27 October, 2017 - Göteborgs universitet

Maria Montessori is primarily known for her revolutionary model of education and learning. A new book reveals that she was also an influential cultural critic during the interwar years. It furthermore highlights Montessori’s decade-long, but largely ignored, cooperation with Benito Mussolini. The book, written in Swedish by Christine Quarfood, professor of history of ideas at […]

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Run Faster! Be Stronger! Can technology make you better?

13 March, 2017 - Umeå universitet

Technological growth is moving at a fast rate. As it advances, it simultaneously shrinks, moving closer to our bodies, intertwining with the many facets of our lives and positions itself between our experiences of the physical environments. When utilizing these technological systems in intense sporting activities, this competition for our focus can lead to problematic scenarios.

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Booklaunch – Vicke Lindstrand On The Periphery

18 November, 2016 - Uppsala universitet

Australian design historian Mark Ian Jones launches his new book Vicke Lindstrand On The Periphery- the first English language publication to examine the life and work of the Swedish artist and his place in Scandinavian design history. The author describes the image and reception of an artist and designer who didn’t “fit the mould” but has shown to be more influential than previously perceived.

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Sensational Grave Find in Cypriote Bronze Age City

9 August, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

An archaeological expedition from the University of Gothenburg has discovered one of the richest graves from the Late Bronze Age ever found on the island of Cyprus. The grave and its offering pit, located adjacent the Bronze Age city of Hala Sultan Tekke, contained many fantastic gold objects such as a diadem, pearls, earrings and Egyptian scarabs, as well as more than 100 richly ornamented ceramic vessels. The objects, which originate from several adjacent cultures, confirm the central role of Cyprus in long-distance trade.

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New Interpretation of the Rök Runestone Inscription Changes View of Viking Age

2 May, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The Rök Runestone, erected in the late 800s in the Swedish province of Östergötland, is the world’s most well-known runestone. Its long inscription has seemed impossible to understand, despite the fact that it is relatively easy to read. A new interpretation of the inscription has now been presented – an interpretation that breaks completely with a century-old interpretative tradition. What has previously been understood as references to heroic feats, kings and wars in fact seems to refer to the monument itself.

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Water storage made prehistoric settlement expansion possible in Amazonia

28 April, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

The pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém region in Brazilian Amazonia, where most archaeological sites are situated in an upland area and are the result of an expansion of settlements in the last few centuries before the arrival of Europeans. This is concluded by a research team consisting of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Brazilian colleagues.

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New Swedish study on the grammar of subclauses in historical English

12 April, 2016 - Göteborgs universitet

When do English speakers say whether that will happen is unknown and when do they say it is unknown whether that will happen? Looking at, among other things, medieval homilies and early modern letter correspondence, a recently published dissertation at the University of Gothenburg shows how clausal arguments, and in particular clausal subjects, have been expressed at different points in time in the history of English.