Community building in an excavation of two famous 20th-century Finnhorses: Combining archaeological and linguistic insights

Tuija Kirkinen, Taru Nordlund, Ritva Pallaskallio, Markku Saastamoinen, Kristiina Mannermaa, Nelli-Johanna Saari, perttu strandman, Karin Hemmann

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Combining archaeology and linguistics, this interdisciplinary paper deals with community building in an archaeological excavation of the burial of two famous Finnish trotters, Valokas and Rymy-Murto. Community is a central concept both in community archaeology and in sociolinguistically oriented discourse analysis. This article shows how different communities were involved in an archaeological project.

The excavation was conducted together with a special network of people, organized around companionship with horses and interest in horse genealogies. The excavation was conducted following principles of community archaeology. Real-life excavation was documented online on Facebook step by step. This so-called virtual excavation enabled synchronous participation for both the on-site public and the virtual public. In this paper, we will describe the opening of a horse-genetic project for a wider audience, and show how the communities are linguistically constructed in interaction with each other.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Community Archaeology and Heritage
Publication statusSubmitted - Feb 2021
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology
  • community archaeology
  • animal burials
  • companion species
  • interspecific relations
  • 6121 Languages
  • sociolinguistic discourse analysis
  • participant roles
  • social media
  • interspecific relations

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