Textiles: Decay and Preservation in Seventeenth- to Nineteenth-Century Burials in Finland

Sanna Lipkin*, Erika Ruhl, Krista Vajanto, Annemari Tranberg, Jenni Suomela

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-64
Number of pages16
Issue number1
Early online date30 Nov 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • burial clothes
  • Finland
  • mummies
  • preservation
  • textiles
  • under-floor church burials


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