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The impact of food culture in Medieval towns (FOODIMPACT)

This project is the first major study of urban food culture in medieval Norway. Our main research question is: how did food culture facilitate the emergence of an urban identity?

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About the project

New archaeological material will for the first time be utilized to identify localised urban food culture via three strands of multidisciplinary research:

  1. Social differentiation in food culture within medieval Oslo
  2. The food relationship between the medieval town, international trading and the hinterland; and
  3. How urban food culture defined and shaped local identities.

The medieval collections at the Museum of Cultural History in Oslo houses more than 30.000 objects from medieval Oslo related to food. This treasure is our starting point.


The project is led by the Museum of Cultural History, UiO by project manager Marianne Vedeler, and is a collaboration with the biochemical laboratory Nicolas Garnier Laboratoire in Vic-le-Comte, the Natural History Museum and CEES at the University of Oslo, the University of Bergen and the University of Cambridge.


The research project is funded by the Research Council of Norway and by the University of Oslo.


  • Garnier, Nicolas & Vedeler, Marianne (2021). Revealing Medieval culinary practices in Norway: A first metabolomic-based approach . Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports. ISSN 2352-409X. 40. doi: 10.1016/j.jasrep.2021.103206.

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  • Kool, Anneleen; Vedeler, Marianne & Kjesrud, Karoline (2021). Webinar Medieval Food Plants.

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Published Jan. 14, 2020 8:36 AM - Last modified Nov. 22, 2021 3:29 PM