Wednesday 22 January 2020

"Buried with care" a new exhibition at the Museum and Science Centre Luuppi

The interesting exhibition, “Buried with care” brings to life the human stories behind the graves under the floorboards and inside the churches of Northern Finland from the 13th to the 19th century. 

The coffin of a newborn child from the Keminmaa old church. Photo T. Kallio-Seppä.

The exhibition is based on recent archaeological excavations (1990-2010) in Oulu, Hailuoto, Ii, Tornio and Keminmaa. 

Researchers under the floorboards of Haukiputaa church. Photo S. Lipkin.

The exhibition is the third one in a series of exhibitions on the same theme. The two previous exhibitions where “Rungius, buried in a church” and “Anna, buried in a church”.

A flower made out of silk has been put in the hand of a deceased newborn child. Haukiputaa church. Photo S. Lipkin 

Pearls from a childs grave. Hailuoto old church. Photo S. Lipkin

The exhibition promises to apply to all senses. It also includes a virtual exhibit where the visitor can travel to the church of Keminmaa and familiarize him (or herself) with the mummy of chaplain Rungius and examine the deceases that computed tomography scanning of his mummified body has revealed.  

A cross shaped pendant was found in a womans grave during the excavations of the site of the medieval church of Ii in Hamina.

The exhibition is based on interdisciplinary scientific work at the University of Oulu and has been funded by the Emil Aaltonen Foundation and the Academy of Finland. The exhibition is produced in co-operation with archaeologists at the University of Oulu, Pohjois-Pohjanmaa museum, Tornionlaakso museum and Kemi historical museum.

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