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The potential of shoreline and shallow submerged Iron Age and Medieval archaeological sites in the Lofoten Islands, northern Norway
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
The Lofoten-Vesterålen archipelago (67°30’ - 69°30’N) is a chain of mountainous islands dissected by cirques, glacial valleys, and fjords that extends from northeast to southwest into the Norwegian Sea (Figure 1). Vesterålen is the northerly chain of islands and the seven islands of Lofoten lie to the south. The climate of Lofoten is mild despite this high latitude location. Temperatures ...
Soapstone in northern Norway: research status, production evidence and quarry survey results
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2015)
Archaeological research on the production and use of soapstone artifacts in northern Norway remains limited in scope and the region has received marginal attention in the Norwegian soapstone literature. Archaeological documentation of soapstone quarry locations has been minimal, although the Geological Survey of Norway has systematically surveyed a majority of the soapstone exposures in the ...
Identification of bird species used to make a Viking Age feather pillow
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015-11-04)
A grave containing the remains of a wooden boat was discovered in 1934 under a low mound in a bog at Øksnes in the Vesterålen islands of northern Norway. The boat grave dates to the 10th century in the Viking Age, and grave goods placed in the boat include an iron axe, a cowhide in which the body was wrapped, and pillow remains consisting of feather stuffing and a wool textile cover. A microscopic ...
Is there anybody in there? Entomological evidence from a boat burial at Øksnes in Vesterålen, northern Norway
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-07-27)
Although there are several well preserved Viking boat burials from Norway, until recently palaeoecological research on their context has often been limited. Research on fossil insect remains in particular can provide valuable forensic information even in the absence of an actual body. Here we present archaeoentomological information from a boat burial at Øksnes in Vesterålen, northeast Norway, an ...
Submerged cultural heritage and ethnicity in northern Norway: visualizing Sami waterscapes from an archaeological perspective.
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2010)
Changing conceptions of ethnicity within archaeology have had a considerable influence on attitudes towards the Sami and reveal pitfalls associated with the (mis)use of ethnic labels for material culture. This article highlights the importance of Sami water use and waterscapes from a long-term perspective by examining sources pertaining to both saltwater and freshwater within the multicultural context ...
Båtfunn fra middelalderen i Fiskvågvatnet.
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2010)
Rundt 1930 så guttungene Knut Rydning og Petter Borch Giæver noe de mente var vrakrester gjennom isen på to steder i Fiskvågvatnet. En rekke med spanter som tilhørte et større fartøy ble observert på vestsiden av vannet ved Prestlandet.
Betraktninger om middelalderens Vágar basert på undervannsarkeologiske kilder
(Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2013)
Vágar er først nevnt i det skriftlige kildematerialet som stedsnavn på slutten av 900-tallet, samt i sagatekstene med henvisning til viktige hendelser på stedet fra tidlig 1000-tall (Bjørgo 1982). Både skriftlige og arkeologiske kilder formidler med tydelighet at Vágar framsto som en sentral kjøpstad i Nord-Norge på 1200-tallet, men overgangen fra det som må ha vært et naturhavnområde og et ...
Soapstone in Northern Norway: archaeological and geological evidence, quarry and artifact survey results.
(Peer reviewed; Chapter; Bokkapittel, 2017)
Archaeological research on the extraction, distribution and utilization of soapstone artifacts in northern Norway has been limited, but systematic geological documentation of soapstone exposures that includes quarry activity provides an opportunity to expand archaeological insights into soapstone provenance and extraction. This article brings together ...
Human–environment dynamics during the Iron Age in the Lofoten Islands, Norway
(Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-05-01)
Integrated archaeological and paleoenvironmental investigations provide long-term perspectives on human–environment interactions. In the North Atlantic region, early human settlements were established in marginal agricultural environments and were susceptible to various environmental stressors. The Lofoten Islands have had an important role in the history of this region, particularly during the ...