When studying the physical remains from an excavation, focus is naturally at the microscopic level. Fernand Braudel emphasized the necessity to rise above the explanation of individual events and of limited periods, highlighting the resilient and long-lasting trends (la longue durée). In this book we intend to overcome this dichotomy by switching between a micro and a macro perspective. A broad perspective makes it possible both to study the landscape of agriculture over a long period of time, and to delve into details at the local level. Elverum and Løten are situated in a frontier zone – a place where the forested areas with a lean soil extend towards the more fertile soils of Hedmarken. This zone has always been a region of considerable prosperity, partly as a result of its position as a border zone for travel between the neighbouring agricultural and forested areas, thus benefiting from local and regional trade.
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