Daily and afterlife of children (1300–1900): New perspectives in identifying childhood in the past

This project funded by the Academy of Finland regenerates archaeological childhood studies through examining childhood between 1500 and 1900. The most challenging questions are related to the socialization of children as well as finding children's own voices in the Finnish archaeological materials from burials and school sites, as well as probate inventories, mill, and school records. These will be approached through application of theories of emotions and performance. Bioanthropological analysis reveals the nutrition and health of the past children and stable isotope analysis enable discussion of breastfeeding patterns. These provide starting point for considering past parenthood.

CT-scanning of an infant with a doll
CT-scanning of an infant with a doll
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Coffin reconstruction of Anna Björk from Tornio
Coffin reconstruction of Anna Björk from Tornio
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Arch lab at the Uni of Oulu
Arch lab at the Uni of Oulu
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A button sewn with horse hair
A button sewn with horse hair
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Examining a coffin plate and associated textiles, Kourla
Examining a coffin plate and associated textiles, Kourla
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Kourla Chapel
Kourla Chapel
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