Ikäheimo, Janne (2020) The rescue excavation and reburial of late pet animals as explorative archaeological autoethnography. In: Äikäs, T. & Lipkin, S. (eds.) Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland, 9, Entangled beliefs and rituals : religion in Finland and Sápmi from Stone Age to contemporary times, pp. 236-252. http://www.sarks.fi/masf/masf_8/MASF8-11-Ik%C3%A4heimo.pdf
The rescue excavation and reburial of late pet animals as explorative archaeological autoethnography
1University of Oulu
|Online Access:||PDF Full Text (PDF, 30.9 MB)|
|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe202101283094
Archaeological Society of Finland,
|Publish Date:|| 2021-01-28
Autoethnography is founded on personal participation, description, and analysis that results in a higher consciousness of the studied subject when personal experiences are transformed through systematic sociological introspection into understanding regarding other people’s feelings and behavior. Hence, the chapter describes the rescue excavation of late family companion animals from the backyard flowerbed and their subsequent re-burial to the local pet cemetery through the lens of explorative archaeological autoethnography. While being physically routine, the excavation caused deep emotions of self-reflection and self-confrontation ranging from the questioning of the author’s capabilities as a field archaeologist to human-animal relationships and the afterlife. On the contrary, the activity at the pet cemetery involved significant physical input, as each pet owner is responsible for backfilling their pet burial. Emotional and physical are here argued to enrich and deepen the interpretative framework of pet cemetery studies by offering new insights into the motives and actions of pet owners. Along this line, a somewhat excessive and constantly evolving memorial combining elements from several religions and cultures was set up on the grave. It aims to establish a material-culture-based dialogue with other pet owners in a dynamic deathscape, where pet memorials designs constantly seek to redefine and renegotiate the acceptable limits of pet animal commemoration.
Monographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland
|Pages:||236 - 252|
Entangled beliefs and rituals : religion in Finland and Sápmi from Stone Age to contemporary times
|Type of Publication:||
A3 Book chapter
|Field of Science:||
615 History and archaeology
© 2020 The Authors.