Research activities

23–30 October was a festival-style weeklong celebration of contemporary and archaeology #FestivalCHAT

  • Sanna Lipkin, Tiina Äikäs and Tuija Kirkinen: Equality? Does it exist in Finnish archaeology? @SannaLipkin



Tiina Kuokkanen was a visiting researcher at the University of Copenhagen, Centre for Textile Research, Denmark, 1.2.2020-13.3.2020.

  • The original plan was to concentrate on early modern textile making from February to April, but due to the pandemic Tiina returned back to Oulu already in March.

  • Paper, Tiina Kuokkanen, Class and gender of clothing in 17th - 19th century in Oulu. Centre for Textile Research meeting, 26.2.2020

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The first Post-Medieval Archaeology Twitter Conference was held on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April 2020.

  • Sanna Lipkin, Titta Kallio-Seppa and Tiina Väre: Public Image of a Mummy: Vicar Nikolaus Rungius (c. 1560–1629) @SannaLipkin



Pohjois-Pohjanmaan museoyhdistys ry luentosarja, November 29th, 2020

  • Sanna Lipkin: Tunteet ja lasten kuolema – Lasten hautaaminen 1700–1800-lukujen Pohjois-Pohjanmaalla


Oulun tiedepäivä 2020, Science for high school students, March 11th 2020, University of Oulu

  • Sanna Lipkin: Kauniina kuolemassakin


On 29th November "Migration" seminar was held at Oulu. Sanna Lipkin and Tiina Kuokkanen took part in the seminar with talks of future plans regarding research of memorization of Finnish American children living in Michigan during the late 19th and early 20th century, and presence of East-Karelian refugees at Varjakka sawmill area. 

On 21st and 22nd November Arkeologipäivät/Finnish Archaeologist Days were held in Lahti. Our project was present with these papers:

  • Sanna Lipkin: Amerikansuomalaisten jäljillä Michiganissa/ Finding Finnish Americans in Michigan 

  • Tiina Kuokkanen & Tiina Äikäs: Oulunsalon Varjakan sahamiljöö kulttuuriperintökohteena/Oulunsalo Varjakka sawmill as a cultural heritage site


In Lahti we took part in an excursion, walking through sites of Finnish Civil War (1918) battle field in Lahti.  These were viewed in the light of flashlights. Today this cultural heritage site is right in the middle of skiing stadium. 

Between 30th October and 1st November Sanna visited Sheffield for conference "Rebels Without a Cause? Accessing and Exploring Adolescents/Adolescence in the Past, 12th Annual Society for the Study of Childhood in the Past Conference, and presented a paper:

  • Sanna Lipkin - Heli Maijanen - Tiina Kuokkanen - Tina Väre - Matti Heino (University of Oulu, Finland): “With depleted strength and sorrow they made their way emaciated…”: The youth during the Finnish War (1808–1809)


In September Sanna Lipkin and Tiina Väre attended EAA in Bern, Switzerland. We gave a number of papers in different sessions:

  • Lipkin, Sanna - Tuovinen, Saara (University of Oulu): Juvenile social age phases in post-medieval Finland: Realities, social expectations, and cultural contexts. In session “Systematic approaches to juvenile funerary rituals. Atypical, deviant or normative? Going beyond paradigms”


  • Väre, Tiina (University of Oulu, Archaeology; University of Oulu, Cancer Research and Translational Medicine Research Unit) - Lipkin, Sanna (University of Oulu, Archaeology; SUNY at Buffalo, Department of Anthropology) - Kallio-Seppä, Titta - Tranberg, Annemari (University of Oulu, Archaeology) - Ruhl, Erika (University of Oulu, Archaeology; SUNY at Buffalo, Department of Anthropology): Burials under church floors in Finland – Folklore and practice​. In session “European crypt burials – A heritage at risk between science and public display”


  • Lipkin, Sanna (University of Oulu): Lead cloth seals from 17th to 19th century northern Finland: Fabrics and textile trade. In session: “Let the lead cloth seals speak – The production, trade and consumption of cloth in medieval and early modern Europe”


We also organised a session with Harold Mytum, Titta Kallio-Seppä and Erika Ruhl: “Ethics and practice in the excavation and analysis of historic human remains and associated cultural material” with our papers included:


  • Kallio-Seppä, Titta - Lipkin, Sanna - Tranberg, Annemari - Väre, Tiina (University of Oulu): Under-church-floor-burials in Finland: Ethical considerations of research, community archaeology, and publishing.


  • Ruhl, Erika (SUNY at Buffalo) - Tuovinen, Saara - Lipkin, Sanna (University of Oulu): Charmed lives? Children’s burials and privilege in archaeological ethics.

The Kindlifresserbrunnen, Child Eater Fountain, was made by Hans Gieng between 1545 and 1546. Bern, Switzerland. Photo: S. Lipkin