Landscape archaeology and Sámi ritual landscapes

Examples from Ukonsaari, Juuvaara and Taatsi


  • Tiina Äikäs


This article discusses landscape archaeology using as an example the spatial analysis of the Sámi ritual landscapes in Finnish Lapland. The concepts of comprehensiveness and temporality are taken into consideration within the cultural landscape. The location of the Sámi ritual landscapes is analysed with geographic information systems (GIS). My aim is to concentrate on the ritual places as part of a wider context - the landscape. My interest lies more in the nature of ritual places than in their classification. The sieidi should be viewed in connection with their environment.