Becoming Modern: Hybrid Foodways in Early Modern Tornio, Northern Finland
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- Salmi, AK., Tranberg, A., Pääkkönen, M. et al. Int J Histor Archaeol (2014) 18: 489. doi:10.1007/s10761-014-0267-0
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This paper focuses on foodways in a small town in northern Finland between 1621 and 1800 CE. Tornio was founded in 1621in northern Finland, at that time a part of the Swedish kingdom. Tornio was a dynamic town where people of different ethnic origins came together, forming a new urban community and new urban foodways. Archaeological remains of the town’s foodways—animal remains, macrofossils, and ceramics—suggest that the food culture of Tornio was a hybrid of local indigenous and rural traditions and international fashions. The foodways underwent significant changes in the 18th century. The changes were related to modernization and changing human-environmental relationships.