Nikolaus Rungius : Lifestyle and Status of an Early Seventeenth-Century Northern Finnish Vicar

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Väre , T , Lipkin , S , Suomela , J A & Vajanto , K 2020 , ' Nikolaus Rungius : Lifestyle and Status of an Early Seventeenth-Century Northern Finnish Vicar ' , Historical Archaeology . https://doi.org/10.1007/s41636-020-00268-y

Title: Nikolaus Rungius : Lifestyle and Status of an Early Seventeenth-Century Northern Finnish Vicar
Author: Väre, Tiina; Lipkin, Sanna; Suomela, Jenni A.; Vajanto, Krista
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Education
Date: 2020-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 19
Belongs to series: Historical Archaeology
ISSN: 0440-9213
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/324691
Abstract: Vicar Nikolaus Rungius's (ca. 1560-1629) mummified remains have been the subject of research that has provided a wide variety of information on his life. This article examines the ways Rungius's health and lifestyle highlight his status as a vicar, and this status is visible in his burial and funerary clothing. He was a relatively large man for his time. CT scans even include indications of certain conditions related to being overweight. Likewise, stable-isotope analyses of his nail keratin support the hypothesis that he was consuming a rather heavy, protein-rich diet. Given his status as the vicar of Kemi parish in northern Finland, he likely made sumptuous use of the rich local natural resources of fish, game, and domestic animals as part of his regular diet. In addition to his diet and health, the vicar's high-quality clothes, while fragmentary, also open an avenue to extend the exploration of his social status and wealth.
Subject: 615 History and Archaeology
mummy research
early modernity
textile archaeology
Finland
paleopathology
stable isotopes
IDIOPATHIC SKELETAL HYPEROSTOSIS
SPINAL EPIDURAL ABSCESS
COMPUTED-TOMOGRAPHY
STABLE NITROGEN
GRAND DUKES
ISOTOPES
FLORENCE
MEDICI
DISH
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