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Lipkin, S., Niinimäki, S., Tuovinen, S. et al. Newborns, Infants, and Adolescents in Postmedieval Northern Finland: A Case Study from Keminmaa. Hist Arch 55, 30–48 (2021).

Newborns, infants, and adolescents in postmedieval northern Finland : a case study from Keminmaa

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Author: Lipkin, Sanna1; Niinimäki, Sirpa1; Tuovinen, Saara1;
Organizations: 1Archaeology, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa, PO Box 8000, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Anthropology, State University of New York at Buffalo, 380 Fillmore Academic Center, Ellicott Complex, Buffalo, NY, 14261, U.S.A.
3Department of Radiology, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa, PL 5000, FI-90029 Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
4Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine Archaeology, Medical Research Center Oulu Oulu University Hospital, FI-90014 University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa, PO Box 8000, Oulu, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-03


Four coffins dating from the period between the mid-18th and mid-19th centuries from Keminmaa in northern Ostrobothnian Finland were examined using computed-tomography (CT) scanning, a methodology with research applications for exploring human remains, coffins, and funerary textiles. The age and, in two cases, sex of the remains were estimated, and both historical sources and archaeological material suggest that socialization through gender was apparent in this collection. This article explores both the material testimony of care, dedication, and innocence of newborn and infant burials, as well as the socialization process and role of women adolescents in providing children’s funerary materials.

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Series: Historical archaeology
ISSN: 0440-9213
ISSN-E: 2328-1103
ISSN-L: 0440-9213
Volume: 55
Pages: 30 - 48
DOI: 10.1007/s41636-020-00265-1
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
318 Medical biotechnology
Funding: This article was written as part of the activities of Sanna Lipkin’s Academy of Finland Project: “New Perspectives on Childhood in Finland (1600–1900): Funerary Attire as an Indicator of Status of Children.” We would also like to thank fellow researchers of the Church, Space and Memory Project funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation. Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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