Contributors and related projects

The project will involve cooperation with and contributions from several other researchers, offices, institutions and projects. They will be listed here when the cooperations are initiated.

Professors in archaeology Anders Andrén and Bjørnar Olsen are the supervisors of this PhD project.

Varanger Sámi Museum has contributed to the administrative sides of the project field work in Norway, and with their expertise on the archaeology, cultural history and other aspects of this geographical area.

OSSO – Ostearchaeologisal Studies of Sámi Offerings, is a research group that has been collaborating since 2013 to do broad comparative studies of Sámi offering sites, with a praticular focus on the animalosteological material. Several resulting articles have been published in peer reviewed journals (see Apart from myself, the group includes:

Tiina Äikäs, post doctoral researcher, University of Oulu, has been studying Sámi offering sites in Finland with much the same methods this project will apply to Sámi circular offering sites in Norway and Sweden. Read about Tiina and her research here:

Anna-Kaisa Salmi, post doctoral researcher, University of Oulu, is studying human-animal relationships in Sámi contexts and how domestication affected the way people related to animals. Her project includes osteological and isotope analyses of reindeer bone assemblies from various contexts. Anna-Kaisa participated in the project field work in 2013 and have done most of the osteological analyses. Read about Anna-Kaisa and her research here:

Markus Fjellström, PhD candidate at the Archaeological Research Laboratory, Stockholm University, is working on a project to establish a database of isotope analyses done on reindeer bones, and to a certain degree other species, from medieval contexts in northern Scandinavia. He is focusing on diet and mobility questions. In connection with his work he has analysed bones from the assemblages found in several circular offering sites in Finnmark and Troms. Read about Markus and his research here:

Hege Skalleberg Gjerde, PhD student, Museum of Cultural History, studies certain ambiguous graves and other structures in Southern Norway, and the question of whether these could be labelled Sámi. We have done field work together in 2010 and 2011. She completed her PhD “Sørsamisk eller førsamisk? Arkeologi og sørsamisk forhistorie i Sør-Norge – en kildekritisk analyse” in 2016. Read Heges blog “Samer i sör” (“Sámi in the South”) here: (in Norwegian).

Sørsamer – landskap og historie (“South Sámi – landscape and history”) is a cooperation between the Sámi museums Gaaltije, Östersund, and Västerbottens museum, Umeå, in Sweden, and Saemien Sijte, Snåsa, and  Sijte Jarnge, Hattfjelldal, in Norway. The project aims to generate new knowledge about South Sámi history across the Norwegian/Swedish border to increase the understanding of the development of the South Sámi community and the relevance and value of the landscape. The project is related to a recent registration project Saemieh saepmesne/Samiska rummet (in Swedish, Norwegian and South Sámi). Results of both the concluded and new projects are relevant  the present PhD project.

The Norwegian Sámi Parliament is responsible for the Sámi cultural heritage management in Norway. They support the projects field work with NOK 54.000,-, and also contribute important information about registrations and Sámi cultural history in general.

The Berit Wallenberg foundation has made several generous contributions to the project:
2015: SEK 7.500,- for conference participation atthe Ruralia XI conference in Clervaux, Luxembourg, September 2015.
2014: SEK 14.000,- for archive studies and conference participation in Tromsø in November 2014, as well as additional datings of material from Tromsø Museum.
2013: SEK 19.000,- for additional travels and analyses
2012: SEK 82.000,- for  excavations and analyses

The Tandem Laboratory, Uppsala University, has granted seven C14 datings to be financed with funds from the Swedish Research Council. The datings concern samples of material from circular offering sites found in the Tromsø Museum collections, amounting to SEK 26.250,-.

Albert och Maria Bergströms stiftelse has granted SEK 10.000,- for complementary inventories of sites in Troms and eastern Finnmark in 2014.

Birger Calleman and Einar and Carolina Bergström’s donation scholarships have contributed SEK 7.500,- and SEK 2.500,- respectively for participation in the Ruralia XI conference in Clervaux, Luxembourg, September 2015.

Norsk Arkeologisk Selskap has contributed NOK 5000,-. to the 2012 field work.


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