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Becoming Urban – Emerging Urban Food Culture in Early Modern Tornio, Northern Finland

Author(s): Anna-Kaisa Salmi

Year: 2013

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This paper focuses on emerging urban food culture in Tornio, a small town in Northern Finland, between AD 1621 and 1800. Tornio was founded in 1621 in Northern Finland, which at that time was a part of the Swedish kingdom. The population of the new urban centre was a mixture of local peasants and merchants from other towns of Sweden. Tornio was a dynamic boom town where people of different origins came together, forming a new urban community and a new urban food culture. Zooarchaeological analysis shows that food culture in Tornio was a hybrid of local traditions, new urban ways, and international fashions. Especially the 18th century brought along many changes in the urban foodways. The changes were related to modernization, globalization, and changing human-environmental relationships.

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Becoming Urban – Emerging Urban Food Culture in Early Modern Tornio, Northern Finland. Anna-Kaisa Salmi. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428221)


Finland Food Zooarchaeology

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Finland Western Europe

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min long: 19.648; min lat: 59.807 ; max long: 31.582; max lat: 70.089 ;

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PaperId(s): 279

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America