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Nasty, Brutish and Short: The Lives of Cattle and Sheep in Medieval Finland

For thousands of years, the ancestors of today’s Finncattle and Finnsheep survived on scarce nutrition, but actually starved in the Middle Ages in particular.

Did People Ice Skate in the Middle Ages?

How did medieval people pass the time during the coldest part of the year? I came across several instances of medieval people strapping on skates and taking a twirl (or a tumble!) on the ice. Here is how it all began!

Why did Medieval Slave Traders go to Finland?

The demand for blonde girls and boys was so lucrative that slave traders would hunt for these people as far away as northern Finland, a recent study finds.

Bjarmaland and interaction in the North of Europe from the Viking Age until the Early Middle Ages

This article intends to look at interaction in the very north of early medi- eval Europe with Bjarmaland as a starting point. After a short introduction to sources and historiography about Bjarmaland, the main content of the sources will be shortly discussed in order to establish what kind of informa- tion the written sources have to offer.

The politico-religious landscape of medieval Karelia

In historical sources the Karelians appear in the 12th century although archaeological excavations suggest that the amalgamation of groups of Baltic Finns, centered on the Karelian Isthmus, that came together from east and west respectively to form them originated in the late Iron Age and early Viking Age.

Grave of 12th-century warrior discovered in Finland

Archaeologist in Finland have discovered the remains of a 12th-century warrior along with two swords, one that dates back to the Viking era.

Fishing with Monks – Padise Abbey and the River Vantaanjoki from 1351 to 1429

How did the Cistercian Abbey of Padise in Estonia first come into possession of fishing rights for salmon in the River Vantaanjoki in Finland?

Tree-Ring data shows that Northern Europe has been cooling over the last 2000 years

Was the climate during Roman and Medieval times warmer than today?

Troubadours and their heritage in the edges of Europe – Singing and rapping experiences of being in a minority in Southern France and in Sámiland

What is common to these artists is the way how they define and express their belonging to their own ethnic group. The characteristics of their ethnic identity 2 are above all else language, home territory, and history.

Frosts, Floods, and Famines – Climate in Relation to Hunger in North-East Europe A.D. 1100–1550

This Master’s thesis examines the relation between climatic conditions and hunger in Northeast Europe in A.D. 1100–1550.

The Plague of Justinian and Other Scourges: An analysis of the Anomalies in the Development of the Iron Age population in Finland

The Plague of Justinian and Other Scourges: An analysis of the Anomalies in the Development of the Iron Age population in Finland Seger, Tapio Fornvännen, 77 (1982) Abstract In this paper the corpus of excavated and dated Iron Age burial grounds in Finland is quantitatively analyzed with various statislical methods in order to isolate and define […]

Viking and Medieval Nålebinding Mitten Replicas: Based on archaeological finds from Finland

Viking and Medieval Nålebinding Mitten Replicas: Based on archaeological finds from Finland By Satu Hovi Published Online (2003) Introduction: The aim of this study is to investigate the different techniques and qualities of yarn used in nålebinding in Finnish Viking Age and Medieval finds. Many people do nålebinding using only natural grey, thick yarn in […]

Regional variation in Finnish lake and hill names

Regional variation in Finnish lake and hill names By Antti Leino Nordiske navnes centralitet og regionalitet (2007) Abstract: The Finnish basic map, and the database used by the National Land Survey to produce it, contains over 300 000 dicerent toponyms and over double that amount of named places. It is impossible to study the distributions […]

Madonna of the Sun and the Moon — Virgin Mary as an Apocalyptic Woman and the Representations of the Picture Type in Finland

Madonna of the Sun and the Moon — Virgin Mary as an Apocalyptic Woman and theRepresentations of the Picture Type in Finland Vuorela, Anu (University of Turku) Masters Thesis, MIRATOR LOKAKUU/OKTOBER/OCTOBER (2002) Abstract The topic of this article is a special type of picture of Virgin Mary, an apocalyptic Madonna. Even though there are all in […]

”There be yer figure, but where might yer soul be?” Conceptions Concerning Witches and Blåkulla in Sweden and Finland

”There be yer figure, but where might yer soul be?” Conceptions Concerning Witches and Blåkulla in Sweden and Finland Eilola, Jari MIRATOR ELOKUU/AUGUSTI/AUGUST (2002) Abstract Swedes of the Early Modern Period referred to the nightly meetings of witches, the so-called witches’ sabbat, as Blåkulla. This name was also known in the western parts of Finland, […]

From a Parish Church to a National Monument: Restoration of Finnish Medieval Stone Churches and Its Background, 1870-1920

From a Parish Church to a National Monument: Restoration of Finnish Medieval Stone Churches and Its Background, 1870-1920 Valkeapää, Leena (University of Jyväskylä, Finland) MIRATOR TOUKOKUU/MAJ/MAY (2000) Abstract During the period covered by the study the medieval churches were under many kinds of pressure for change. The Finnish population began to grow rapidly around the middle of the 18th […]

Networks, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and the Use of History in the Medieval Monastic Sites in Finland in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Networks, Archaeology, Cultural Heritage and the Use of History in the Medieval Monastic Sites in Finland in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Ahl-Waris, Eva (University of Helsinki) MIRATOR 10:1 (2009) Abstract In this article the site of the Bridgettine monastery of Naantali (founded in 1438) is examined as a lieu de mémoire, both with local […]

Legend of a National Border: The Nöteborg Border (1323) in Finnish History Writing

Legend of a National Border: The Nöteborg Border (1323) in Finnish History Writing By Ilkka Liikanen and Jukka Korpela Paper given at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences (2010) Introduction: This paper approaches overlapping national histories in the European North by studying the use of the concept of ‘border’ in Finnish national history writing. The […]

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