Monday, 19 February 2018

Secure your spot at the archaeological excavation in Porvoo 15-17.6.2018

Due to the massive interest in the upcoming community archaeology excavation in Porvoo "Porvoon Kansalaisopisto" has launched a second leg of the excavation from June 15th to June 17th (Friday-Sunday). The excavation will take place on a 6000-year old dwelling site in Porvoo!

Archaeology for all! No previous knowledge of archaeology is needed.

You can now secure your spot at  the excavation via the link below! Act now, there are only 10 spots left!

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

New dates added to the community archaeology dig in Porvoo!!!

Great news! The upcoming excavation i Porvoo has proven a huge success with some 35 people participating. This means we will be able to add a second leg to the excavation!! I will post more info on the additional dates very soon!

Typical comb ceramic ware from Porvoo (Böle). Photo University of Helsinki.

In the meantime it´s still possible to secure a place at the excavations by contacting Porvoon kansalaisopisto!

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Upcoming archaeology school visits in spring 2018

This spring I will visit schools in the larger Helsinki region o speak about "Archaeology from the Stone Age to the Second World War". The lectures are in Finnish, Swedish and English.

High school students from Raseborg experiencing "A Day as an Archaeologist in 2016".

Please contact me on to order more info on the upcoming school visits. I offer several affordable packages including participation in archaeological excavations in may 2018 called "A Day as an Archaeologist"!


Jan :)

Thursday, 4 January 2018

First archaeology fieldtrip in 2018

Me, archaeologist Janne Soisalo, archaeology student Teemu Väisänen and local history enthusiast Micke Malm ventured on our first fieldtrip of our 2018 field season on the 3.1.2018. We visited several interesting find areas in Raseborg but two places really stood out!

The large gravel pit @ Raseborg Krogarbacken.

Krogarbacken is an area that is situated very close to the iron age and late medieval dwelling sites in Kroggård. The reason for our visit were quartz flakes found nere the summit of Krogarbacken. Sadly this area was very badly damaged and we couldnt confirm th existence of a stone age dwelling site.

Easily discernable mesolithic and early neolithic beach terraces in the east part of the large gravel pit.

A bit dissapointed after the lack of mesolithic finds we ran into an interesting area related to iron smelting in the same area! The finds included iron slag, burnt clay and pitchblack sandy soil full of charcoal.

Janne S and Micke M surveying. Krogarbacken 3.1.2018.

Stormossen 21 m. asl. was the main target of our fieltrip and what a wonderful stone-age dwelling site it was! Lots of quartz flakes and pottery as far as the eye could see. We documented and mapped the area for future research (perhaps in the spring of 2019).

Stormossen, neolithic potsherd.

The Stormossen neolithic dwelling site.

Quartz flakes found by the landowner prior to ur visit!

The new sites were reported to the National Board of Antiquities today. Depending on how the winter continues here in S. Finland even more fieldtrieps might be possible before spring :)

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

The registration for next years community archaeology excavation in Porvoo has started!

The stone-age mysteries Neolithic Porvoo will be revealed during a community archaeology excavation from June 8th - June 10th.2018. No previous knowledge of archaeology is required. We speak Finnish, Swedish and English.

"Kivikaudesta Keskiaikaan-Porvoon Seudun Esihistoriaa" (1985)

This is the first community archaeology excavation in Porvoo in many, many years! Only 14 people per day can participate so please act fast if you whish to participate! Just click on the link below and join us in the adventure!

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Stone-age dwelling sites found in Raseborg!

No snow here in S. Finland at the moment, so next week (on Wednesday) me, archaeologist Janne Soisalo and archaeology student Teemu Väisänen will inspect and document newly found stone-age dwelling sites in Raseborg!

It´s high time to take a look at the forested areas in search of new undisturbed stone-age sites! Photo co Mikko Sorsa.

All of the sites have yielded finds of pottery (early comb ceramic and typical comb ceramic period), as well as quartz- and slate flakes from the Mesolithic stone-age. The find sites are located in previously forested areas that have been cleared by the forest industry during 2016-2017.

A stone age rock painting was found in Raseborg in 2017!

The new  finds and the inspections are a result of more targeted co-operation between amateur archaeologists and metal detectorists in the region. As an archaeologist I´m also proud of the co-operation with the National Board of Antiquities Päivi Maaranen and Teija Tiitinen.

With these great news I would like to wish a Happy New Year 2018 to all of You!


Friday, 8 December 2017

The registration for next years community archaeology excavation in Helsinki has started!

The community archaeology excavation will take place in Pitäjänmäki, some 10 km:s from Helsinki city centre and is easily accessible with both train and bus. The languages spoken during the excavation are Swedish, Finnish. English and German!

Trial excavations underway in Pitäjänmäki (2004).

The excavation site is a neolithic dwelling site. It has proved very rich in finds from the late Comb Cramic period (ca 3800-3400 BC).

Lunchbreak (2004).

The maximum number of participants is limited to 25 per day so please act now in order to secure a place at the dig! Book here!

Late comb ceramic (Ka II:2) potsherds (2004).

There will also be an excavation with local school students from Gymnasiet Lärkan here in 2018 (prior to the community archaeology dig)!