Posted by: Marte Spangen | August 1, 2012

The field season is here!

After a couple of months in the office in Stockholm, plotting data into a worksheet, the time has come to go out and see some stone circles for myself. The field season is here!

Because of the need to go through archives in Nesseby and Tromsø, the actual field part is limited to three weeks, but I still plan to visit Nesseby, Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Kautokeino and Karasjok municipalities in Finnmark county, and Tromsø, Karlsøy and possibly Lyngen and Kvænangen municipalities in Troms county.

In all these areas both Sámi circular offering sites and similar structures have been registered, and I will survey a broad selection of different sites. The aim is to gather data for a comparative analysis, in order to decide some criteria for which structures may be labelled Sámi circular offering sites and which may not, and to locate structures that could be suitable for further investigations.

After spending last week in the Sámi parliament archives in Varangerbotn, I have now been on the road for four days, visiting sites in Nesseby, Båtsfjord and Vardø. You can see pictures from a few of them below. Slow internet connection limits the uploading…

While traveling around I also try to gather as much information as possible from people who live in these areas and everyone else with an interest in this subject, so I will be happy to hear from anyone who has something to add.

In the meantime I will continue the surveys in Vardø, Vadsø, Kautokeino and Karasjok. So far there has been many interesting things to see. And as usual Finnmark is a fairytale, highly recommended for anyone who has not been!

Circular offering site at Angsnes

Circular offering site at Angsnes, Nesseby. Previously excavated by Ørnulv Vorren, as one of very few such sites. View of the Varanger fjord in the background.

This well known structure by Syltevikvannet, Båtsfjord, is registered as an offering site.

Sometimes you climb a mountain…

…only to find something completely irrelevant… WW2 has left many traces in Finnmark, that are sometimes confused with other cultural remains.

But the view was great! Seglkollen, Vardø.


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