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Oppdagelsen og Fiskekroken – Gudenes redskap

Tom Haraldsen

Haraldsen, T.H.B. 2008: The discovery and The fishhook – the tool of the Goods., Stavanger, Norway.

This paper deals with two different subjects; firstly a personal greeting to Jenny-Rita in her 70th year.

The human mind will always question existing knowledge and prepare, in the mind, answers to the never-ending topics that may arise through a discussion. Sometimes more experienced scholars in archaeology, out of regard for the future of the branch, have to take the role of a teacher and accept questions and ways of presenting the problems that may seem dull and banal to younger colleagues. To build knowledge every dialogue has to be tolerant and not limited. Archaeological truth, hypothesis and theories, are not so established that they do not need to be subjected to repeat critical testing. Inductive and deductive determination processes are mutually dependent in archaeology and are found in countless numbers and constellations.

Secondly that the image of the seemingly modest object has many different roles in the historical room is hardly surprising. Never the less and in contrast to the exotic objects and subjects that usually attract attention and are what the newspapers assert changers of history, I made the fishhook through time and Scandinavian space, target of this paper. I “draw” the fishhook not only as an object, but also as tool and symbol as well. The purpose was to show some possible ways of presenting questions that might arise through research. I had no intention of telling the full truth and complete story of the fishhooks. Despite the written word being similar in books and Internet, the World Wide Web is a rather new way of communication. The user’s imagination sets the limit to discovery and the access to the written word is for everybody. The user sets by him self the limit to discovery, using software as Google and Kvasir etc. They all enable users to search the Web, Usenet, images, catching translation of results, and an option to find similar pages. Our attitude on what to tell, and how to do it must be taken into account - the reader is anybody. This possibility was to me, crucial when questioning the choice of artefact and focus, considering the topic.

Web as medium to publish Jenny-Rita Næss and her colleagues papers written in her honour, was to me the right approach to Jenny-Rita’s way of thinking communication. This approach is natural considering Jenny-Rita’s steady hunger to; collect- and store knowledge. On the other hand, a paradox in her approaches to colleagues - some times generous and sometimes reticent, and mostly declining their questions. Never the less – the web is the intellectual anarchy’s arena, an impersonal place to which nothing is perishable, but everything and nothing is “lost”.

Tom H. Borse Haraldsen, Toten økomuseum, Post Office Box 13, Melkefabrikken, N-2858 Kapp, Norway. Telephone: (+47) 61169500. Telefax (+47) 61169580. E-mail:

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