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The Odd, the Unusual, and the StrangeBioarchaeological Explorations of Atypical Burials$
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Tracy K. Betsinger, Amy B. Scott, and Anastasia Tsaliki

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401032

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401032.001.0001

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Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Non-Normative Burials in Finland in the Eleventh–Thirteenth Centuries AD

Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Non-Normative Burials in Finland in the Eleventh–Thirteenth Centuries AD

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(p.225) 12 Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to Non-Normative Burials in Finland in the Eleventh–Thirteenth Centuries AD
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The Odd, the Unusual, and the Strange
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Ulla Moilanen

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9781683401032.003.0012

The variety in burial customs and funerary treatments may fail to be noticed in large-scale analysis and strict categorizations. This chapter suggests that an archaeothanatological method, which helps reconstruct the original burial position and corpse treatment, and a microarchaeological framework, which pays attention to details instead of making broad generalizations, help identify the variations in funerary treatments and burial customs, and reveal possible cases of atypical burials. These burials should not be viewed simply as manifestations of good or bad death or fear of the dead, nor interpreted as reflections of religious beliefs. Instead, they should be placed in the wider socio-historical contexts and studied from various perspectives. Overall, this chapter highlights the benefits of using multiple scientific and anthropological methods, including archaeothanatology and microarchaeology, in identifying and interpreting atypical burials and encourages future studies to employ similar scientific methods.

Keywords:   Archaeothanatology, Microarchaeology, Burial, Large-scale analysis, Finland

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