Lipkin, S., Kallio-Seppä, T. Introduction: Studying Under-Floor Church Burials in Finland––Challenges in Stewarding the Past for the Future. Hist Arch 55, 1–10 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s41636-020-00267-z
Introduction : studying under-floor church burials in Finland — challenges in stewarding the past for the future
|Author:||Lipkin, Sanna1; Kallio-Seppä, Titta1|
1Department of Archaeology, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa, PL 8000, FI-90014, Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021050328378
|Publish Date:|| 2021-05-03
Two ongoing projects at the University of Oulu, Finland, are studying burials situated below the floorboards of Finnish churches. The projects examine mortality and materiality in Finland using an exceptionally well-preserved assemblage of mummified human remains. Multidisciplinary research methods, including CT scanning, μCT scanning, sampling for DNA and isotope analysis, and insect and plant samples, are providing multifaceted information concerning past societies. The samples provide rich insight into the material dimensions of mortality in northern Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. Since the studied material is located under the floors of church buildings that are still in use by congregations, obtaining permits for research and sampling has required managing relationships with separate parishes. This article outlines the projects and examines the ethical and legal dimensions of research on human remains conducted in partnership with individual parishes.
|Issue:||Epub ahead of print|
|Pages:||1 - 10|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
|Field of Science:||
615 History and archaeology
The authors are grateful to the Emil Aaltonen Foundation (Finland) and the Academy of Finland for funding this research. Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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