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Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Pilot Osterøy Field Project (PILOST) and Redefining boundaries in Southwestern Norway

Author(s): Erika Ruhl ; Sarah E. Hoffman ; Christopher B. Troskosky ; Torill Christine Lindstrøm ; Ezra B.W. Zubrow

Year: 2017

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PILOST is an archaeological survey of southwestern parts of the Island of Osterøy, Norway, focusing on the changes in landscape enclosure (ideologies?) practices as well as settlement and burial patterns from the Neolithic through the Historic Periods in Southwestern Norway. This project examines a unique form of human landscape manipulation through time, taking different forms than those observed elsewhere in Scandinavia. The first field season of PILOST (Summer 2016) initiated extensive field survey, with subsequent seasons in the planning stages in Summer 2017 and beyond. GPS units were utilized to both track survey progress and create GIS maps of the surveyed areas. This continuing project further informs wider archaeological understandings and discussions regarding not only land use and ownership through time, but the interpretation of and attachment of fishing-farming communities to the archaeological landscape.

The data set includes over 145 distinct landscape features, consisting primarily of walls, fences and other boundary markers. These features were identified based on their potential utility to document and inform a discussion of the evolving nature of boundaries, in/outfield usage, and land ownership within fishing-farming communities throughout prehistory, history, and the modern era.

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Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Pilot Osterøy Field Project (PILOST) and Redefining boundaries in Southwestern Norway. Erika Ruhl, Sarah E. Hoffman, Christopher B. Troskosky, Torill Christine Lindstrøm, Ezra B.W. Zubrow. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 429409)


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min long: -11.074; min lat: 37.44 ; max long: 50.098; max lat: 70.845 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 17463

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America