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Copper in the Early Modern Period. A Comparative Study of Work and Everyday Life in Falun and Røros (completed)

This project explored life and work at Scandinavia’s two largest copper mines, Røros and Falun, in the early modern period from a global perspective.

Flames in the dark time. Some people and some houses.

From Røros in 1821 Smelting works operating. From Malmplassen at Røros in 1821. Painter: Jacob Petersen, Bygdø Kongsgård.

Photo: Lars Geithe

About the project

This project sought to further our knowledge of copper production in Scandinavia in the early modern period. A central research question was how Falun and Røros tackled the new circumstances which developed from the early 18th century when the world market for copper changed and a new production centre at Swansea in Wales rapidly grew to become Europe's "Copperopolis". 

We explored in detail life and work at the mines, local production and showed how the two mines were linked to each other, to European copper networks, and global copper trade. 


This was a joint project by the University of Oslo and Uppsala University. Collaborating partners included the University of South Wales and Imperial College London.


The project resulted in several articles, chapters and an anthology, edited by K. Ranestad and K. Bruland (2020). Skandinavisk kobber. Lokale forhold og globale sammenhenger i det lange 1700-tallet. Oslo: Cappelen Damm Akademisk: 


The Research Council of Norway



Published Dec. 18, 2015 10:04 AM - Last modified Oct. 6, 2021 11:28 AM