The exploitation of the borderland, where Løten and Elverum represent contact points for the interaction between the agricultural areas Hedmarken and areas of dense forest in inland Norway, is the focus point of this book. The two districts have been complimenting each other throughout prehistory. However, the agricultural production in Glomma Valley (chapters 2 and 6) and the charcoal production, moose traps and pasture in today’s Løten (chapter 2), make it clear that the story is not without nuances. Being nodal points for travel, Løten and Elverum play a prominent role in historical development of the region. The road connections through Løten and Elverum via Midtskogen and Rokosjøen have been of particular importance. These roads were established in the Stone Age and are traceable through the Middle Ages and up to our day. There has simply been no way around.
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