Aims and objectives

Therese Hellqvist working on the excavation of hearth one in Steintjørna, 2012. Photo: Sven-Donald Hedman

Therese Hellqvist working on the excavation of hearth one in Steintjørna, 2012. Photo: Sven-Donald Hedman

The primary aims of this project are to understand why the extensive restructuring of settlement and domestic space took place and to explore how it was related to other transformative processes in Sámi and neighboring societies. Related to these aims are a number of more specific objectives of which particular attention will be given to the following:

  • To investigate to what extent the new environmental preferences reflects economic changes, including increased reliance on domesticated animals
  • To shed new light on the question of the origin of reindeer herding and apply new analytical methods to identify this transition
  • To explore possible links between the organization of domestic space and internal social dynamics
  • To study possible connections between the unification and formalization of Sámi material culture and altered inter-ethnic and trans-cultural relations in the north
  • To explore regional variations in terms of chronology, seasonality and activity patterns