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Introduction: The farm as a social arena (Liv Helga Dommasnes)
What is a farm?
Former research on the farm in Norway
The farm as a social arena
Papers and approaches
Why the farm?
Sheep, dog and man. Multi-species becomings leading to new ways of living in Early Bronze Age longhouses on Jæren, Norway (Kristin Armstrong Oma)
Changed way of living, changed way of building
Three-aisled longhouses – the research discourse of indoor stalling
Bronze Age house typology in relation to Rogaland houses
Finding a house shared by humans and animals
Did animals live in the Early Bronze Age houses of Rogaland?
Historical accounts of keeping sheep in Western Norway
Situating the Bronze Age farm in the wider environment
Faunal remains from Forsandmoen and Kvåle
Sheep in Bronze Age Europe – general trends
Wool textiles in graves
Primacy of sheep in Rogaland
Sheep and their social strategies
The domination discourse unbound
Trust, socialisation and habituation embedded in the architecture
Unlocking identities. Keys and locks from Iron Age farms in eastern Sweden (Emma Nordström)
Material, method and outline of the study
Locked doors and chests in the Icelandic Sagas
The keys to the farm
Understandings – burial practice, identity and social ties. The Horvnes Iron Age burials, a peephole into the farming society of Helgeland, North-Norway (Birgitta Berglund)
The puzzling Horvnes burials
The Horvnes burials and the farming society
The magnate farm Sandnes
The Horvnes graves: Burial practices, analyses and presentations of the buried individuals
The Horvnes East grave: burial practices, analyses and presentations of the buried individuals
Towards a new understanding of the Horvnes burials
New perspectives of the Iron Age farming society and burial customs at the coast of Helgeland
Individual lifeworlds and social structured societies in Merovingian settlements from the Munich Gravel Plain (Doris Gutsmiedl-Schümann)
Farms and settlements
The main source for social structure of early medieval society: Graves
Contemporary written sources
Conclusion and closing remarks
One thousand years of tradition and change on two West-Norwegian farms AD 200–1200 (Liv Helga Dommasnes and Alf Tore Hommedal)
Tradition, change and bases of power
A shattered farm: Changes in making space from pagan to Christian Norway (Kristin Armstrong Oma)
From pagan to Christian farms
From space to place
Animals and their changing ontological status
Posthumanism – or prehumanism? Animals in the pagan Norse universe
From pagan to Christian – changes in ontological status
Animals in the early Christian theology
Changes in the nature of being?
House, farmyard and landscape as social arena in a time of transition (Helge Sørheim)
Research focus and approaches
What creates the social character?
Iron Age and Medieval houses and farm in Norway, a short review
Tradition, conservatism? – why was the corner-timbering technique not used earlier?
Routines, rituals, habitus
Territories, space, home and building tradition
The house and social levels
Interior of the house
The new farm plan
Between chiefdom and kingdom. A case study of the Iron Age farm Borg in Lofoten, Arctic Norway (Inger Storli)
Introduction: Borg farm and its people
Some comments on archaeology and archaeologists
The archaeology of Borg
Rich farms and their location
Court sites in Lofoten
The hall and its meaning
A possible high seat
On the scent of a line of princes?
From Borg to Iceland?
Borg between chiefdom and kingdom
Constructing society in Viking Age Iceland: Rituals and power (Timothy Carlisle and Karen Milek)
The role of ritual performance in Viking Age belief systems
Possible structured house deposits at Aðalstræti 16, Reyjkjavík
Possible structured house deposits at Hofstaðir, Mývatnssveit
Possible structured house deposit at Vatnsfjörður, Westfjords
Structured house deposits in a social perspective
Conclusions: Structured house deposits, domestic space, and society
The social structures of High Medieval rural settlements. An example from the Northern Rhineland, Germany (Timo Bremer)
The rural space of the northern Rhineland in the High Middle Ages
Archaeological excavations in Pier, its backcountry and the environment
The settlement formation in the research area before the High Middle Ages
High Medieval settlement structures in Pier
Sociological interpretation of the High Medieval features
“Being a vicar at the end of the world”. The priesthood at Alstahaug vicarage in North-Norway presents its identity through the household and daily life before AD 1750 (Birgitta Berglund)
Archaeological excavations and written sources
How did the priesthood present itself through the delights of the table?
Cooking pots and pans
How did the priesthood present itself through personal items?
How did the priesthood present itself through the buildings?
Concluding remarks and perspectives – presenting, producing and maintaining identity
Authors and editors