Session 751: Medieval Icelandic Farming, I: Milking the Landscape?
Tuesday 3 July 2018, 14.15-15.45
|Sponsor:||University of Iceland / National Museum of Iceland|
|Organiser:||Bernadette McCooey, Independent Scholar, Birmingham|
|Moderator/Chair:||Bernadette McCooey, Independent Scholar, Birmingham|
|Paper 751-a||Manor Formation in Early Iceland|
Index terms: Economics - Rural, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Social History
|Paper 751-b||The Cultural Landscape of Milk|
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Social History
|Paper 751-c||Infrastructure Re-Use and Persistence of Place in the Icelandic Agricultural Landscape|
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Daily Life, Economics - Rural, Geography and Settlement Studies
Medieval Icelandic agriculture relied almost exclusively on pastoralism, and while landscape studies have bloomed in recent years, there is still a need to examine the relationship between dairy activities and the landscape. This session, one of two complementary sessions on Icelandic agriculture at this year’s Congress, focuses on the (re-)use and organisation of the landscape, and takes a long-term, inter-disciplinary perspective, from settlement to the 15th century. The formation of höfuðból (manors), alongside the infrastructure of two different regions demonstrate how the agrarian landscape developed, shaping not only identity but also society’s interpretation of its past and present.