The fishing village mound in Hovden

Marsholmen, Matesholm, Buholmen or just simply Holmen. A dear child has many names. So does this important fishing village in Hovden in Bø in Vesterålen.

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Buholmen around 1924

We do not know when the first people settled on the islet, but we do know that such fishing village and settlement mounds may have roots back to the Iron Age. But it is in the Middle Ages that the mounds get their size. Houses fall down and new ones are built on top. There is a lot of activity here, the cultural layer is at least one meter thick.

Cultural layers are soil that has been worked by humans. Here, archaeologists find rubbish and other forgotten treasures. The fishermen who lived out here were specialists in “rav og rekling”; fatty strips of halibut that have been dried, and smoked or salted. This was an important commodity and delicacy.

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Buholmen today with the fishing village mound in the light area in the middle and the artwork RÆK III on the hill to the right

The fishing village Mound at Buholmen is an automatically protected cultural monument and is the bright part in the middle of the picture, to the left of the sculpture RÆK III. Frugga in the background is a seabird paradise and is used as a hay field. 

Read more about the Middle Ages

The National Law Anniversary

This year we celebrate the 750th anniversary of Magnus Lagabøte’s national law. Together with a professor and historian from Nord University and UiT The Arctic University of Norway, we are working on developing fines exhibitions at several of our museums.

Magnus Lagabøte

King Magnus 6. Håkonsson, later Lagabøte, was king of Norway in the Middle Ages, and was the king behind the Land Act of 1274.

The Vágabok

In the year 1282, an outcry is heard in Vágar. Baron Bjarne Erlingsson of Giske has just stood at the thing at Brurberget and said that the Vágabok must be taken out of use. Now it is the National Law that applies.

The wedding in Lofoten in the Middle Ages

The wedding in Lofoten in the Middle Ages – Read about the dowry Ingebjørg brought with her into her marriage to Torleiv in 1335