Hevoshaudat ja kansalaisnäytteet biologisena kulttuuriperintönä

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Our project, Interdisciplinary research strategies of biological cultural heritage – surveying, archiving, analyzing and sharing historical DNA from Finnhorses, aims to study the influences of modern horse breeding on the genetic diversity by analyzing historical DNA samples from the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. We have analyzed horse teeth, main and tail hairs, hooves and skins, which have been donated to us by private horse owners and museums. The material has been complemented by excavating historical Finnhorse burials. The aim is to study this stage by analyzing historical DNA samples in order to understand the influences of modern breed improvement on local horse populations and on their genetic diversity. Historical bone and hair samples as a whole are biological cultural heritage, which carries DNA-information from the early stages of our native breeds and especially on the effects of modern breeding on the populations. Therefore, it is urgent to collect and catalogue these samples as they are threatened and in danger to disappear.
Original languageFinnish
Title of host publicationOodeja Mikalle : Juhlakirja professori Mika Lavennolle hänen täyttäessään 60 vuotta
Number of pages9
PublisherArchaeological Society of Finland
Publication date2022
ISBN (Print)978-952-69942-0-8
ISBN (Electronic) 978-952-68453-9-5
Publication statusPublished - 2022
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter

Publication series

NameMonographs of the Archaeological Society of Finland
ISSN (Electronic)1799-8611

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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