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Mäkinen,T.,Maijanen,H. & Seitsonen,O.(2022).The status and future of forensic archaeology and anthropology in Finland. Scandinavian Journal of Forensic Science,28(s1) 32-39.

The status and future of forensic archaeology and anthropology in Finland

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Author: Mäkinen, Taru1; Maijanen, Heli1; Seitsonen, Oula1
Organizations: 1Archaeology, University of Oulu, PO Box 1000, Oulu, 90014, Finland
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Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: De Gruyter, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-02-08


In this paper we discuss the history and development of forensic archaeology and anthropology in Finland. Current status of the fields and some future prospects are also highlighted. We offer some potential reasons for why so little research related to forensic archaeology or anthropology is conducted in Finland. To set the forensic archaeology and anthropology in Finland into a broader setting, we discuss the awareness of the fields among Finnish archaeologists, anthropologists, and enthusiasts via the results of an online survey conducted in November 2021. In this manuscript we also delve into some inner workings of Finnish law enforcement and voluntary organisations in order to show how forensic archaeologists and anthropologists could fit into criminal investigations in Finland.

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Series: Scandinavian journal of forensic science
ISSN: 2353-0707
ISSN-E: 2353-0707
ISSN-L: 2353-0707
Volume: 28
Issue: s1
Pages: 32 - 39
DOI: 10.2478/sjfs-2022-0013
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 319 Forensic science and other medical sciences
3121 General medicine, internal medicine and other clinical medicine
615 History and archaeology
Funding: This work was funded by University of Oulu.
Copyright information: © 2022 Taru Mäkinen et al., published by SciendoThis work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.