Placing place names in Norwegian archaeology: Current Discussions and Future Perspectives

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This collection of papers serves to illustrate how place names have a continued relevance to archaeology both in Norway and beyond.
The interdisciplinary use of place name studies and archeology have long traditions in Norway and Scandinavia. However, the prerequisites for this type of research have changed in recent decades with decreased resources in onomastic departments while archaeology develops rapidly through new methods in surveying, natural sciences, metal detection and excavations. Where do we stand today and how can we improve and renew our views on toponymy and of the methodological challenges we face when combining linguistic and material remains?
The various papers in the book emphasise how place names can provide unique insights into past people’s perceptions of land and sense of place, providing access to emic categories otherwise unavailable to archaeologists. Names work as active elements in ongoing discourses about the landscape, and there can be intimate connections between places, names, populations and identities. Toponymy may reflect or evoke emotions on both individual and collective levels.
Through a range of perspectives, this collection of papers explores the status and perspectives of interdisciplinary research in a Norwegian context, focusing on the methodologies of interdisciplinary studies, research environments and prehistoric as well as historical periods.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBergen
PublisherUniversity of Bergen
Number of pages191
ISBN (Print)978-82-8436-006-5
ISBN (Electronic)978-82-8436-007-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesUBAS University of Bergen Archaeological Series

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