Interpretation of historical and archaeological sources in the South Sami coastal area in Norway


  • Lisa Dunfjeld-Aagård


This article summarises some focal points of my graduate degree (hovedfag) in archaeology at the University of Tromsø (2005) . My thesis was entitled Sørsamiske kystområder - tolking av fortidig samisk tilstedeværelse i Ytre Namdal (South Sami coastal areas. Interpretation of a past Sarni presence in Ytre Namdal). I have examined how our ways of defining a cultural landscape are based on our expectations of what an area should include in terms of cultural artefacts. Further, I ask how the use of many other criteria could broaden the concept of cultural landscape in the case of the South Sami in Norway.