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Production of urban space and state formation in Oulu, Northern Finland, during the late medieval and early modern period

Author(s): Titta Kallio-Seppä ; Timo Ylimaunu ; Paul Mullins

Year: 2014

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This paper discusses urban space in the northern Swedish town of Oulu during the 17th and 18th centuries and its role in Sweden’s state formation. Oulu, a former medieval trading place, was founded in 1605. Oulu was one of the first towns Sweden founded in the northern coastal area of the Gulf of Bothnia after a new border line was drawn between Sweden and Russia in 1595. Oulu’s landscape was at first formed in a medieval style along a main street, but in the middle of the 17th century the town plan was made more regular with straight streets and blocks. Sources including archaeological material culture, cartography, and written documents reveal the changes, and these sources reveal how the urban space was conceived and actually used by different kind audiences such as the Crown and the town residents.


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Production of urban space and state formation in Oulu, Northern Finland, during the late medieval and early modern period. Titta Kallio-Seppä, Timo Ylimaunu, Paul Mullins. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436873)


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PaperId(s): SYM-34,02

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