"Uusi uuveks, voate vanhaks, lapsi terveheks!"

Sanna Lipkin


Academy Research Fellow (Akatemiatutkija)


Sanna Lipkin has special knowledge in identity and childhood theories and methodologically she has specialized in textile research. These have directed both her PhD studies (Textile-making and social identities in central Tyrrhenian Italy from prehistory to the Republican period) and post-doctoral career (Funerary attire both in ancient Italy and Post-medieval Finland). In addition to archaeology, she has studied sociology and educational sciences, and her research interests include developing theories of past social interaction. She enjoys travelling and meeting new people, which has promoted her international collaboration and researcher mobility periods. Her current research project, funded by the Academy of Finland, focuses on child death and social identity in Post-medieval Finland.

Research interests

  • Childhood archaeology
  • Textile archaeology
  • Post-medieval archaeology
  • Funerary archaeology
  • Childhood in the past

Research webpages

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Research visits

  • Visiting professor
    18.12.2017 to 12.7.2018

    Research visit at the State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Anthropology. The visit was part of Academy Research Fellow -project activities. Sanna Lipkin holds an unsalaried Research Assistant Professor post at the SUNY at Buffalo.

  • Post doctoral research in Rome
    1.1.2011 to 5.12.2012

    Research period in Rome to study Prehistoric and Archaic textiles and funerary attire. Research was conducted in collaboration with Soprintendeza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma and funded by Osk. Huttunen and Kone Foundations.


Uusia näkökulmia lapsuuteen Suomessa (1600–1900): hauta-asu lapsen aseman määrittelijänä

Tämä projekti tutkii lasten asemaa 1600–1800-lukujen Suomessa, Euroopassa ja maailmanlaajuisesti.

Kirkko, tila ja muisti. Kirkkotilan ja hautaustapojen muutokset muuttuvassa maailmankuvassa

Kirkko, tila ja muisti -hankkeen tavoitteena on selvittää miten ihmisten maailmankuvan muutokset näkyvät keski- ja uuden ajan pohjoissuomalaisissa

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

This project regenerates archaeological childhood studies through examining the status of children in Post-medieval Finland (1600–1900), not forget
University of Oulu, 2016

Northern Research Group for History of Childhood and Education

Northern Research Group for History of Childhood and Education is a multidisciplinary group gathering together researchers who work with q