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In Finland, furs were commonly used in burials until the 14th and 15th century, and in northern Finland as late as the 17th century. In cremation, bear skins were particularly popular, while Finnish forest reindeer and elk skin were commonly used in burials. “Wrapping bodies in fur is a tradition born already among hunting cultures. The continuation of this tradition all the way to early recorded history and, in Lapland, up to the 17th century, speaks of the preservation of a spiritual culture connected with hunting”, says doctoral candidate Tuija Kirkinen.
Fur discoveries in Iron Age graves testify to respect for animals | University of Helsinki helsinki.fi

Fur remains found in burial sites demonstrate the importance of hunting traditions in Iron Age Finland and Lapland all the way to the 17th century.