Fur discoveries in Iron Age graves testify to respect for animals

ScienceDaily | 3/28/2019 | Staff
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Clothes and objects were also manufactured from fur; a knife sheath could be covered or lined with fur.

As research material, Kirkinen used hair and fur remains found in burial sites, as well as predator claws which had been attached to the skins.

Assumptions - Lot - Fur - Remains - Graves

"Contrary to initial assumptions, quite a lot of fur remains have been preserved in graves."

Animal hairs have been identified by their structure with the help of a microscope. Exceptionally, microscopically small hairs have been preserved in connection with other objects and even in the soil of a burial site dating back to the Stone Age (2800-2300 BCE). This finding, made in Perttulanmäki, Kauhava, western Finland, turned out to be Finland's oldest goat finding. As a result, Kirkinen's research provides recommendations for the handling of potential fibre material at archaeological excavations.

Kirkinen - Finland - Intersection - Fur - Traditions

According to Kirkinen, Finland has presumably been situated at the intersection of two fur and bear traditions, one based in the west, the other in the east and north. Deer hunted for their meat stand out from the dataset, an aspect where Finnish data clearly differs from material found across Scandinavia. Fewer products made of mustelids and other more typical fur animals have been found, which makes...
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