Archaeological investigation of a refuse heap at Dolerittneset (Refuse at Dolerittneset)

Dolerittneset is a place with much cultural heritage. The Pomor station has been excavated more than once. Yet there is more to know about the people who lived and worked here. There is an overlooked refuse heap near the ruins: we want to sample this and analyse the environmental evidence of Pomor interactions with their surroundings in the lab.

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  • human dimensions / human settlements / archaeological areas
  • human dimensions / sustainability / environmental sustainability
  • human dimensions / attitudes,preferences,behavior
  • human dimensions / environmental impacts
  • human dimensions / economic resources

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The state of our knowledge about the Pomor station at Dolerittneset on Edgeoya has been summarised in an article by Roger Jorgensen (2017), who himself led several archaeological field campaigns to the site. Yet the focus of previous work and therefore of the summary article is an economic one, laying much emphasis on the Pomor's organisation of the exploitation of natural resources rather than their use of the land and sea and the impact of their hunting activities here. Hence, this project will shift the focus to an environmental one with the aims of substantiating Jorgenson's claims and of adding the new perspective that environmental archaeology can provide. For this purpose, we aim to collect a representative sample of a previously overlooked and undervalued refuse heap near the ruined station. Just how overlooked this refuse heap is can be seen in the fact the the project owner herself (Kruse) has been to the site many times - but she does not have one decent photo of the feature to back up this application! With permission to carry out this project, the archaeological record will change for the better.

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