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Äikäs, Tiina; Seitsonen, Oula; Salmi, Anna-Kaisa (2021) Kolari marketplace in a multicultural landscape between Sámi, Swedes, and Finns. META: Historiskarkeologisk tidskrift 2021: 121‒142.

Kolari marketplace in a multicultural landscape between Sámi, Swedes, and Finns

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Author: Äikäs, Tiina1; Seitsonen, Oula1; Salmi, Anna-Kaisa1
Organizations: 1Archaeology, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: Historiskarkeologiska föreningen, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-11-15


The marketplace in Kolari, Northern Finland was used until the 1880s. Located on Kolarinsaari island on the Muonionjoki river in close proximity to the Kolari church, it was a winter meeting place for local farmers and Sámi, as well as for tradesmen from the areas that are now Sweden, Finland, and Karelia. Archaeological excavations were carried out in summer 2018 and in connection to these, soil geochemical values were analysed. This paper focuses on the Kolari marketplace as a part of a landscape shared by Swedes, Finns, and Sámi. Furthermore, through the soil analyses we examine the intercultural interactions that took place during the winter market and scrutinize how different activities, people, and animals were located in the marketplace as well as in the wider landscape surrounding the marketplace. The latter is approached using GIS analysis and Tim Ingold’s concept of taskscape. This case study shows how the historical archaeology of landscapes and taskscapes can contribute to our understanding of contacts and multicultural encounters between the Sámi and other groups.

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Series: Meta H
ISSN: 2002-0406
ISSN-E: 2002-388X
ISSN-L: 2002-0406
Volume: 2021
Pages: 121 - 142
Type of Publication: B1 Journal article
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This research has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 756431) and the Academy of Finland (project numbers 275635 and 308322).
EU Grant Number: (756431) DOMESTICATION - Domestication in Action - Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 275635
Detailed Information: 275635 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
308322 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2021 META: Historiskarkeologisk tidskrift.