Place-name perspectives on the Saami past
The importance of multidisciplinary source criticism
This paper presents some basic methods for studying early modern and prehistoric times of Saami communities with the help of place-names. The main aim is to point out the fundamental significance of source criticism in such studies. The roles of linguistic and cultural information in place-name studies are also discussed. As an example, a study on the place-name family Guivi by T. I. ltkonen is revisited and some relevant previously unpublished archaeological material is reported. Finally a framework for a well-constructed study that combines place-names and cultural information is presented.