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Hunters of forests and waters: Late Iron Age and Medieval subsistence and social processes in coastal northern Sweden
Silvermuseet Arjeplog.
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Recalling the past)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1824-5033
2018 (English)In: Acta Borealia, ISSN 0800-3831, E-ISSN 1503-111XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

During the course of the 14th century the Swedish Crown and the Catholic Church made robust attempts to include the areas beside the Bothnian bay within their central fiscal and clerical organization. Salmon fishing in the productive river rapids became major targets for external commercial interests. Written records inform us about the situation from the perspective of the exploiters. However, there is a story running in parallel – that of the local population already occupying the lands and the fishing grounds. The study aims to analyse the significance of hunting and fishing to the overall subsistence of coastal communities in northern Sweden during the period AD 500–1600. The social context is of particular interest, specifically in relation to the successive conformation by the local communities to the Swedish fiscal system. The study draws on archaeological records and on historical records from the 14th to the 17th century, in addition to ethnographic accounts for hunting and fishing. We conclude that the legal cultures embraced by the indigenous population and that of the Swedish central powers were in essence incompatible. The acquisition of land and fishing rights was never settled between two equal parties, but one-sidedly enforced by the party holding the pen.

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Tromsö, 2018.
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Salmon fishing, seal hunting, Medieval, coastal farmers, Sámi, northern Sweden
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Archaeology
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Archaeology; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146722DOI: 10.1080/08003831.2018.1456765OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146722DiVA, id: diva2:1198694
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