On the Fringe: Sheepdogs and their Status within Bronze Age Ontologies in Scandinavia


  • Kristin Armstrong Oma Museum of Archaeology, University of Stavanger




human-animal relations, second millenium, sheep, herding


This contribution draws mainly on images of dogs, humans and sheep from Nordic Bronze Age rock art sources, but living arrangements within the household and depositional patterns of dog bones on settlements are also considered to extrapolate an understanding of the physical reality and ontological role of sheepdogs within the social aspects of the practice of herding. I use theories from the interdisciplinary field of human-animal studies to understand how socialisation, habituation and trust create a seamless choreography between human, dog and sheep.


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Armstrong Oma, K. (2020) “On the Fringe: Sheepdogs and their Status within Bronze Age Ontologies in Scandinavia”, Current Swedish Archaeology, 28(1), pp. 99–120. doi: 10.37718/CSA.2020.05.



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