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Lipkin, S., Ruhl, E., Vajanto, K. et al. Textiles: Decay and Preservation in Seventeenth- to Nineteenth-Century Burials in Finland. Hist Arch 55, 49–64 (2021).

Textiles : decay and preservation in seventeenth- to nineteenth-century burials in Finland

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Author: Lipkin, Sanna1; Ruhl, Erika2; Vajanto, Krista3;
Organizations: 1Department of Archaeology, University of Oulu, Pentti Kaiteran katu 1, Linnanmaa, PL 8000, FI-90014, Oulu, Finland
2SUNY at Buffalo, 380 Fillmore Academic Center, Ellicott Complex, Buffalo, NY, 14261, U.S.A.
3Nanomicroscopy Center, Aalto University, Puumiehenkuja 2 (door H), FI-02150, Espoo, Finland
4Department of Education/Craft Studies, University of Helsinki, PO Box 8 (Siltavuorenpenger 10), FI00014, Helsinki, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2021
Publish Date: 2021-05-03


The taphonomy of human remains and associated funerary textiles are inevitably linked. The interplay among burial clothes, human remains, insects, rodents, and preservation is explored through study of a group of postmedieval burials in Finland. These burials have been either archaeologically excavated or inventoried beneath wooden church floors. Decay and preserving factors for various conditions are studied, allowing in-depth study of individual garments and identification of the burial season. In addition, research has revealed different factors that have an effect on future preservation of the burials under church floors.

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Series: Historical archaeology
ISSN: 0440-9213
ISSN-E: 2328-1103
ISSN-L: 0440-9213
Volume: 55
Pages: 49 - 64
DOI: 10.1007/s41636-020-00270-4
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: This article was written as part of the activities of Sanna Lipkin’s Academy of Finland New Perspectives on Childhood in Finland (1600–1900): Funerary Attire as an Indicator of Status of Children Project. We would also like to thank fellow researchers from the Church, Space and Memory Project and Muuritutkimus ky for creating an encouraging and supportive working atmosphere. Open access funding provided by University of Oulu including Oulu University Hospital.
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