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Mobile communities: the gathering and sorting of sheep in Skútustaðarhreppur, northeast Iceland

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Oscar Aldred


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This paper concerns the mobilities associated with the gathering and sorting of sheep within the community of Skútustarðarhreppur, northeast Iceland in the recent historic period. It examines the relationships between people, animals, and landscape in terms of their movements. It presents an argument based on examining the mobilities on the surface and in the depths of a continual, in-the-making landscape, and considers the dwelling of farmers and their movements in attending to sheep as both place-forming and identity-forming processes. I present a hypothetical gathering and sorting of sheep based on historical and archaeological sources and explore the relations that are formed on-the-move.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Aldred O

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: International Journal of Historical Archaeology

Year: 2012

Volume: 16

Issue: 3

Pages: 488-508

Print publication date: 31/07/2012

ISSN (print): 1092-7697

ISSN (electronic): 1573-7748

Publisher: Springer New York LLC


DOI: 10.1007/s10761-012-0187-9


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