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Published since 1997

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PLACES OF IMPORTANCE AND SOCIAL COMMUNICATION: STUDYING THE PRE-ROMAN CAIRN FIELD OF VIIRIKALLIO IN LAIHIA, FINLAND; pp. 22–39

(Full article in PDF format) doi: 10.3176/arch.2010.1.02


Authors

Jari-Matti Kuusela, Samuel Vaneeckhout, Jari Okkonen

Abstract

This paper studies the cairn field of Viirikallio in Laihia, Finland. Burial sites are extremely complex, being infused with ideological reflections of the society that built them. In the present paper this complex nature is viewed by combining GIS-technology with social theory of Erving Goffman and Pierre Bourdieu. It is suggested that the cairn field functioned, among other things, as a site reflecting the control of important resources, as well as ideological and social distinction and stratification within the society.

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