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Vesa-Pekka Herva (2021) Minoan Lapland: fieldwork, spirituality and connecting across time and space, Time and Mind, 14:3, 397-415, DOI:

Minoan Lapland : fieldwork, spirituality and connecting across time and space

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Author: Herva, Vesa-Pekka1
Organizations: 1Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-10-27


For many years, I believed that fieldwork is primarily about systematic data collection. Only gradually did I begin to understand that fieldwork has several other, equally meaningful dimensions to it. This essay reflects on archaeological and anthropological fieldwork as inspiration and as a kind of a meditative (or a broadly spiritual) practice that, a little like ‘altered states of consciousness’, affords discovering and becoming aware of interconnections between and entanglements of myriad things and phenomena in the world. This approach implies and resonates with landscapes and lived worlds in the High North, such as the Gilbbesjávri (Fi. Kilpisjärvi) region where we conducted fieldwork in 2020, that are characterized by relational animistic-shamanistic ideas of and engagements with reality. In this essay, I discuss two sites — an old Sámi dwelling site and an unexpected piece of environmental art — in relation to interconnections between, and overlapping of, different worlds. I engage with other worldliness in the landscape and dialogue between the European far North and the Mediterranean, as prompted by the said key loci, and how these enable seeing and experiencing landscapes in a new manner.

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Series: Time & mind
ISSN: 1751-696X
ISSN-E: 1751-6978
ISSN-L: 1751-696X
Volume: 14
Issue: 3
Pages: 397 - 415
DOI: 10.1080/1751696X.2021.1951561
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Copyright information: © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.