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Reading Notes

by Richard Bradley.

This book is centered on the idea that archeologists usually focus on human artifacts, activity and remains. Bradley states that more work could be done on exploring the impact and significance of the unaltered surroundings the people lived in; in what lanscape were these human activities undertaken? The book looks at prehistoric Europe, specifically Scandinavia, UK, and the Mediterranean. In some of the topics he explores I can see connections to Borrowed_Scenery, especially when he describes the mythological landscape of the Saami {Laps}.
The Saami had sacred sites like large rocks and rock-formations that bare a certain resemblance to humans, animals or birds. These places would be left completely unaltered. As Manker (1957:306) puts it: '{the Laps} let the gods choose their own shape.' The main features in the landscape for the Saami, in descending order of frequency would be: hills, mountains, lakes, peninsulas, caves, islands, waterfalls and springs. In the same way stones that served as idols were used in their original state. Animal sacrifices are not limited to wild animals, about 25% are domesticated animals. Fish and bird sacrifices are even quite rare.

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