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Note the melt water river system of Store Åmose area. of Zealand. P. cal the ice finally left Denmark and retreated into Scania in Sweden. P. cal at the latest (Noe-Nygaard 2001). Landscape forms Northwestern Zealand exhibits a variety of landscape forms in addition to the high arches of the terminal moraines at Odsherred, Røsnæs, and elsewhere. A typical dead ice landscape was created in the northern part of the Åmose basin and the Brorfelde area, including deep lakes and steep-sided false hills.

One of these was across the upper part of the beach ridge and was used as a reservoir and sediment trap for water screening. A second trench was placed to the east and south of the eastern excavation unit in order to expose the stratigraphy and facilitate drainage of the excavation area. Excavations in 1996 also began with a machine to clear the upper sediments from a large area to the west adjacent to the 1995 excavations. In addition, a trench to the west was made from the edge of this new area to follow the coastline deposits.

Broken bones, parry fractures, head injuries, spear and arrow wounds are common. At least two of the males at Skateholm I had been dismembered prior to burial. Graves with multiple interments are not uncommon and may signal the simultaneous death of all. The burial of three individuals in a single grave at Vedbæk – an adult male with a lethal bone point through his throat, an adult female, and a child – suggests the violent death of all three. The discovery of a mass grave at Strøby Egede on Zealand with eight children and adults (four male/four female) reiterates this pattern of violence (Petersen 1989).

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