Obesutten och osynliggjord: En betraktelse över historisk arkeologi på marginalen

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In the 19th and early 20th centuries there were numerous non proprietor, poor and pauper people in the Swedish countryside such as crofters, boarders and inhabitants of rural slums. With a change in the heritage legislation, increased possibilities to archaeologically investigate the non proprietors of the recent past has emerged, however the archaeological material is still both scarce and of a repetitive character. Thus, multisource methods such as triangulation of written documents, historical maps and archaeological evidence is used to study life conditions, in a number of cases. We argue for the importance of archaeology in this context, as there often are arguments against the usefulness of archaeology in a time period rich in written sources. We emphasise that archaeology helps providing a more complex picture of vulnerability and marginalisation of poor and paupers. Marginalisation could offer new possibilities to the poor and pauper, but also weaker security nets and increased vulnerability. The potential of archaeological studies of landless subalterns can show the multivocality of the lives of the subalterns, in the same way as it shows how the subalterns organized their daily life. We can conclude that much needs to be done on the topic of subalterns, in order to make them more visible and a mainstream topic of historic research. Archeology has a great deal to contribute in this process


Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Arkeologern
  • Karlstad University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Arkeologi


  • obesuttna, arkeologi, Sverige, 1800-tal, kulturmiljövård
Sidor (från-till)169-185
StatusPublished - 2019 okt 11
Peer review utfördJa

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