Anna-Kaisa Salmi

Anna-Kaisa Salmi


Associate Professor, Academy Research Fellow


Zooarchaeologist, Associate professor, Academy Research Fellow and an ERC grantee. Interested in northern human-animal relationships, especially reindeer domestication.

Research interests

  • Zooarchaeology
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Reindeer domestication
  • Foodways


Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Editor-in-Chief, Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland

Research groups

  • Principal investigator, Domestication in Action-Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction

Selected publications

  • Lahtinen, Maria; Salmi, Anna-Kaisa (2019) Farming in the Extreme—Animal Management in Late Medieval and Early Modern Northern Finland. - Arctic anthropology 55 (2), 76-96 . [Original]
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Äikäs, Tiina; Spangen, Marte; Fjellström, Markus; Mulk, Inga-Maria (2018) Tradition and transformation in Sámi animal-offering practices. - Antiquity 92 (362), 472-489 . [Original]
  • Salmi Anna-Kaisa, Heino Matti (2018) Tangled worlds: The Swedish, the Sámi and the reindeer. - International Journal of Historical Archaeology Online first, 1-23 [Original]
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Tranberg, Annemari; Nurmi, Risto (2018) Indigeneity, locality, modernity: Encounters and their effects on foodways in Early Modern Tornio. Facing Otherness in Early Modern Sweden : Travel, Migration and Material Transformations, 1500-1800. Naum, Magdalena; Ekengren, Fredrik. - Ei sarjaa/No series. Woodbridge. 47-60 [Original]
  • Lahtinen, Maria; Salmi, Anna-Kaisa (2018) Mixed livelihood society in Iin Hamina : a case study of medieval diet in the Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland. - Environmental archaeology Online first, 1-14 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Niinimäki, Sirpa (2016) Entheseal changes and pathological lesions in draught reindeer skeletons : Four case studies from present-day Siberia. - International Journal of Paleopathology 14, 91-99 . [Original]
  • Niinimäki, S.; Salmi, A-K. (2016) Entheseal Changes in Free-Ranging Versus Zoo Reindeer-Observing Activity Status of Reindeer. - International journal of osteoarchaeology 26 (2), 314-323 . [Original]
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Äikäs, Tiina; Fjellström, Markus; Spangen, Marte (2015) Animal offerings at Sámi offering site Unna Saiva : changing religious practices and human-animal relationships. - Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 40, 10-22
  • Äikäs, Tiina; Salmi, Anna-Kaisa (2015) North/South encounters at Sámi sacred sites in Northern Finland. - Historical Archaeology 49 (3), 90-109
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Tranberg, Annemari; Pääkkönen, Mirva; Nurmi, Risto (2014) Becoming modern : hybrid foodways in early modern Tornio, Northern Finland. - International Journal of Historical Archaeology 18 (3), 489-512
  • Salmi, Anna-Kaisa; Kuokkanen, Tiina (2014) Bones, buttons and buckles : negotiating class and bodily practices in early modern Oulu. - Post-Medieval Archaeology 48 (1), 182-206 . [Original]


Domestication in Action: Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction

The aim of the research is to create new methods and concepts for identification and interpretation of reindeer domestication among the Sámi of nor