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Fjellström, M., Seitsonen, O., Wallén, H. (2022). Mobility in Early Reindeer Herding. In: Salmi, AK. (eds) Domestication in Action. Arctic Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Mobility in early reindeer herding

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Author: Fjellström, Markus1,2,3; Seitsonen, Oula1,4; Wallén, Henri1,5
Organizations: 1Research Unit for History, Culture and Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
2Archaeological Research Laboratory, Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
3Silvermuseet/INSARC, Arjeplog, Sweden
4Cultural Heritage Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
5University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-05-25


In this chapter, we introduce different ways of studying reindeer mobility in Sápmi. Through the application of landscape-level Geographical Information Systems (GIS), geochemical soil, and stable isotope analysis, we aim to present different interdisciplinary methods used in archaeology to trace human–reindeer relationships. To do this, we have exemplified the methods with different case studies, and when no case study is available, we refer to previous or ongoing research. We show that these methods are effective tools for studying reindeer migration.

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Lohkosis ovdanbuktojuvvojit sápmelaš boazobargiid johtima arkeologalaš dutkanvuogit. Ovdanbuktit báikediehtovuogádagaid (Geographical Information Systems, GIS), eananvuođu geokemiijalaš analysaid sihke stabiila-isotohpaanalysaid vejolašvuođaid olbmo ja bohcco gaskavuođa goriid dutkamušas. Dát vejolašvuođat áiccalmahttojuvvojit dáhpáhusdutkamušaid ja juo almmustuhttojuvvon dutkamušaid mielde. Mii čujuhit, ahte visot dát vuogit heivejit bures bohccuid johtima dutkamii.

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Luvussa käsitellään saamelaisten poronhoitajien liikkuvuuden arkeologisia tutkimusmenetelmiä. Esittelemme paikkatietojärjestelmien (Geographical Information Systems, GIS), maaperän geokemiallisten analyysien sekä stabiili-isotooppianalyysien mahdollisuuksia ihmisen ja poron välisten suhteiden tutkimuksessa. Näitä mahdollisuuksia havainnollistetaan tapaustutkimusten sekä käynnissä olevien ja jo julkaistujen tutkimusten avulla. Osoitamme, että kaikki nämä menetelmät soveltuvat hyvin porojen liikkuvuuden tutkimisen.

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Series: Arctic encounters
ISSN: 2730-6488
ISSN-E: 2730-6496
ISSN-L: 2730-6488
ISBN: 978-3-030-98643-8
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-98642-1
Pages: 187 - 212
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-98643-8_7
Host publication: Domestication in action : past and present human-reindeer interaction in northern Fennoscandia
Host publication editor: Salmi, Anna-Kaisa
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 756431) and the Academy of Finland (project number 308322). The stable isotope analyses were funded by Gustaf VI Adolfs fond for svensk kultur, the Berit Wallenberg Foundation (BWS 2015.0073), Göran Gustafssons stiftelse för natur och miljö i Lappland (project # 1507), and Norrbotten County Board.
EU Grant Number: (756431) DOMESTICATION - Domestication in Action - Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 308322
Detailed Information: 308322 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.