The Sheep People - The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway - Kristin Armstrong Oma

The Sheep People - The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway - Kristin Armstrong Oma

Towards an Archaeology Informed by Human-Animal Studies

The Sheep People - The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway - Kristin Armstrong Oma

Kristin Armstrong Oma [+-]
University of Stavanger
Dr. Kristin Armstrong Oma is Associate Professor and Head of Research at the University of Stavanger, Archaeological museum (2013-present). She is an archaeologist and holds a PhD in archaeology from the University of Southampton (2002-2004), and a postdoctoral fellowship in archaeology from the University of Oslo (2010-2013). Previously, she was a junior lecturer in the department of archaeology at the University of Oslo, and has also participated in a wide range of archaeological fieldwork. Her research is situated in-between archaeology and human-animal studies. In her scholarly work she actively engages in arenas of archaeology and also of interdisciplinary human-animal studies arenas. She has published extensively on the relationships between humans and animals in the past, and she was guest editor of a Society and Animals special issue on archaeology, as well as co-editor of a World Archaeology volume called Humans and Animals.

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In the early Bronze Age in south-western Norway, architecture of farmhouses changed from two-aisled to three-aisled houses. The author suggests that this change came about as a result of bringing domestic animals into the houses. In this chapter, the research question is presented and contextualised. The archaeological data sets and geographical situations are oulined. The data sets include remains of houses, as well as palaeo-botanical evidence of land-use. The theoretical fundament is introduced, and the framework of the interdisciplinarity of the project is laid out. A discussion of zooarchaeology and postprocessual archaeology outlines a need for a different approach when studying relationships between humans and domestic animals.

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Armstrong Oma, Kristin. Towards an Archaeology Informed by Human-Animal Studies. The Sheep People - The Ontology of Making Lives, Building Homes and Forging Herds in Early Bronze Age Norway. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-16 Jun 2018. ISBN 9781781792513. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26511. Date accessed: 22 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26511. Jun 2018

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