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 Paaljorden

 
Paaljorden ( )
Address: Polmak
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Construction System /
Materials:
Woodwork; sod
Building Type: Farm site
Keywords: farm, woodwork, turf, yard, storehouse, turf hut, woodshed, hay shed, sod
Year of Construction: 19th century and 20th century
Until the middle of the 20th century, the wide slow-moving river Tana was the most important communication route in the area. Tana is also a wide river valley with gently sloping riverbanks and a landscape terraced on both sides. Various sized farms lie on the lower terrace near the riverbank. A lushly wooded birch forest encircles the buildings, the fields and the valley. In this landscape, alongside the breadth of the river Tana, lie a number of farms situated at varying distances from each other. On the east breadth lies Paaljorden, the Polmak Church and the church community along with the Polmak Mountain Lodge, now a museum.

The yard and buildings on Paaljorden are located near the river terrace, unprotected by vegetation. Only two sides of the property are bordered by fences, while the river and the classified road border the other two sides. Paaljorden is an example of a typical smallholding in a Sámi area. Here on the farm, the way of life was dependent upon livestock and salmon fishing on the river Tana and other wilderness resources. The farm was declared listed in 1990. Today it is comprised of the following buildings:
Residence, built in multiple stages
Traditional Sámi storehouses on pillars, 3 units.
Livestock turf huts, 2 units.
Woodshed
Hayshed/outbuilding
Literature: Hage, Ingebjørg: "Freda anlegg i Nord-Norge", in Årbok for Foreningen til norske Fortidsminnesmerkers Bevaring 1989 pp. 111-140
Publisher: The University of Tromsø, 28.12.2004
Author: I.H
Photographer: I.H 1991



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