New perspectives on childhood in Finland (1600–1900): funerary attire as an indicator of status of children

Project description

This project regenerates archaeological childhood studies through examining the status of children in Post-medieval Finland (1600–1900), not forgetting the european and worldwide perspectives. The most challenging questions are related to the socialization of children as well as finding children's own voices in the archaeological funerary materials, especially clothing of the deceased. These will be approached through application of archaeological theories of emotions, performance and identity research through clothes. Multidisciplinary methodologies such as bioanthropological knowledge of the deceased, fiber, textile, dye and dyestuff analyses (HPLC, SEMedx) of the clothes and Computed Tomography scanning, previously under-utilized methodology in archaeology, will be used in order to discuss the material.

Project coordinator

University of Oulu


Sanna Lipkin

Sanna Lipkin

Academy Research Fellow (Akatemiatutkija)