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"It could be one thing or another" - on the construction of an archaeological category
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Archaeology.
2013 (English)In: Fennoscandia Archaeologica, ISSN 0781-7126, Vol. XXX, 67-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the history of the archaeological category Sámi circular offering sites, which refers to certain dry wall structures in Finnmark and Troms in northern Norway. In recent years the term has been used more frequently outside this geographical area too, at times to refer to structures vastly different from those originally labelled as circular offering sites. Such interpretations may be questioned, but perhaps it is the category itself that needs to be re-evaluated; a study ofthe research history suggests that the term is a result of a mid-19th century hypothesis that was established due to a lack of other plausible explanations rather than based on indicative finds or on local traditions. This interpretation has later been adopted by key researchers and has never really been challenged by any alternative hypothesis. This article proposes that the stone structures in question could represent other cultural phenomena, and that this needs further investigation.

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Helsinki: Archaeological Society of Finland , 2013. Vol. XXX, 67-80 p.
Keyword [en]
Sámi archaeology, Middle Ages, research history, circular offering sites, archaeological categories
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-100017OAI: diva2:690487
Sámi circular offering sites - a comparative archaeological analysis
Available from: 2014-01-23 Created: 2014-01-23 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved

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