A Brief Overview of the Chronology of North Bothnian Sealing during the Iron Age and a Theory of Punctuated Sedentism

Noel D. Broadbent


This paper presents an overview of the chronology of Iron Age sealing sites on the Swedish north Bothnian coast. This material is interpreted as indigenous (Saami) in origin. Forty-four radiocarbon dates demonstrate that these sites were used from the first centuries A.D. until A.D. 1279. Bothnian settlement may have also been based on reciprocal and “punctuated” settlement cycles, a strategy that took advantage of decadal peaks in terrestrial and maritime resources, and facilitated sedentism before agrarianism.

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