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The Archaeology of the Commons
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Archaeology and Ancient History. SLU. (Department of Urban & Rural Development)
SLU. (Department of Urban & Rural Development)
SLU. (Department of Urban & Rural Development)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Archaeology and Ancient History (JAAH), E-ISSN 2001-1199, no 10Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The literature is rich in descriptions of different forms of commons in the later pre-industrial agrarian society of northern Sweden. The industrial era resulted in a noticeable shift in the use of forests and in the introduction of firmer property rights and rigid land boundaries. A large number of commons from the pre-industrial period has never been officially registered and can therefore partly be seen as 'hidden' resources. The objective of this paper is to discuss the concept of commons in relation to a variable archaeological record, mainly associated with the forested regions of Sweden. Is it possible to identify commons by an archaeological landscape approach and to what extent can a long-term perspective contribute to current theoretical discussions concerned with commons?

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Uppsala, 2013. no 10
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Environmental Humanities, Commons, Common Pool Resources, archaeology, historical ecology, integrated history, landscape analysis, GIS, Ängersjö, natural resource management, rural development.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-211075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-211075DiVA: diva2:675970
Commons as Hidden Resources - Analysing the Shifting Roles of the Commons in Rural Development Processes
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