Plural tuna-names in Norway
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Original versionIn: Albris, S. F. (ed.). Placing Place Names in Norwegian Archaeology. Current Discussions and Future Perspectives, 79-98.
This paper investigates the settlements with plural tuna-names in Norway, with the objective to investigate if they, as their East Scandinavian counterparts, show indications of centrality during the Scandinavian Iron Age. Of seven studied names, only Tune in Østfold with certainty displays such properties. It is argued that this name is an expression of a Scandinavian ‘central place nomenclature’, common but with regional variations, reflecting a prestigious vocabulary connected with central places.