Discovering dwellings. A study of Late Mesolithic dwelling practices, contexts and attributes based on evidence from Central Norway
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Original versionActa Archaeologica. 2019, 90 (1), 15-38. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0390.2019.12203.x
This article is based on a study of site formation processes of dwellings, site contexts, and terms relating to dwelling types and attributes. Archaeological evidence discovered during the Ormen Lange project and dated to the Late Mesolithic provides the backdrop for discussion. The project was conducted by the NTNU University Museum in 2003–2004 on the Island of Gossen in Central Norway. Remains of at least 14 dwellings and a large number of dwelling‐related features dated to between 6000 and 4000 cal BC were recorded. Based on analyses of several dwelling attributes, the Ormen Lange dwellings are divided into 1) houses for long term or regularly repeated stays (for double and single family units); 2) houses for repeated short‐time stays (for task groups); 3) non‐permanent dwellings for short time occupation and 4) special‐purpose, non‐residential shelters.