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)! 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Join us in the research of stone-age Porvoo next summer! Registration starts January 2nd 2018!

Life in the stone-age. Illustration by Tom Björklund for Borgå Museum.

Thanks to the very active and friendly help from "Borgå Medborgarinstitut" me and archeologist MA Janne Soisalo are now entering the final stage of the preparations for next years community archaeology excavation in Porvoo, only some 50 km:s east of Helsinki. 

Hunting with bow and arrow. Illustration by Tom Björklund for Borgå Museum.

We have not yet decided on which site to start work on. The decision is an important one as we wish to continue the excavations in the area for many years. Excavating and careful mapping is crucial to protect the important stone-age sites for future research. 

A stone-age burial. Illustration by Tom Björklund for Borgå Museum.

A lecture for the participants and others with an interest in the rich stone-age history of the Porvoo region will be held in Porvoo on the 15th of May. The accompanying trial excavation of a stone-age dwelling site will be from the 8th to the 10th of June! No previous knowledge of archaeology is required in order to participate! Registration starts at 11 o´clock on the January 2nd 2018!!

Friday, 17 November 2017

Raaseporin linnan rikolliset metallinetsijät, 500 e palkkio luvattu vihjeestä

 Raaseporin linna

Olen pöyristynyt. Raaseporin linnan läheisyydessä tapahtunut ryöstökaivaus (joka ilmeisesti tehtiin syyslomaviikon aikana) on osoittautunut paljon aluksi tiedettyä vakavammaksi. 

Satoja luvattomien metallinetsijöiden kuoppia "Slottsmalmenilla" 

Kaikkien apua tarvitaan nyt näiden rikollisten metallinetsijöiden kitkemiseksi arkeologian piiristä! Lasse Nyman on luvannut 500 e palkkion vihjeestä joka johtaa tekijöiden kiinnisaamiseen. Vihjeitä voi jättää myös tämän blogin kautta tai

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Exciting community archaeology dig near Helsinki City Centre in 2018!

Fantastic news! It now seems almost certain that me and Janne Soisalo will conduct a community archaeology excavation of a neolithic stone age dwelling site in Helsinki (Pitäjänmäki) next summer (probably in May/June). 

Excavating a trial trench on the site (2004)

I have excavated this site previously in 1999-2004 and I can tell you it´s a very intersting place with a multitude of very interesting finds. The dig is part of my upcoming scientific article on community archaeology in the larger Helsinki area 1990-2017. 

Excavating the site in 2004.

The site is very close to Helsinki City Centre and easily accessible by both train and bus.
To make it possible for as many people as possible to participate, the excavation will take place on both weekdays and a weekend. No previous knowledge of archaeology is required.

Boxed potsherds from the 2014 excavation.

If you wish like to participate please email me at or send me a message on FB.

Happy participants in 2004 :)

Friday, 27 October 2017

Filming our detecting and research of "Durchgangslager Hangö" for the You Tube channel "Terra Germania"

Two weeks ago we ventured on the last field trip of the 2017 excavation season. The main goal of the three days of hard work was to locate new potential areas for scientific archaeological excavations in 2018.
Hans filming our work.

The work was filmed for the You Tube channel "Terra Germania" by the skilled German metal detectorist Hans v. M. Hans and Lasse found two separate very interesting find areas for us to excavate in 2018. Please click on the link below to see Hans video from Hanko.

Two German "Erkennungsmarke"

We will be back on researching those spots as soon as the snow melts again here in Finland. Please check in here for regular updates if you wish to be part of our scientific research team in the spring and summer of 2018!

Hans and Lasse in Hanko.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

JFArchaeology planned community archaeology excavations in 2018

The plans for our community archaeology excavations in 2018 are advancing rapidly.

It now seems possible that next year (May-July) me and MA Janne Soisalo will be leading community archaeology excavations at least in the towns of Helsinki, Porvoo, Raseborg, Hanko (with Jasmin Gray and Teemu Väisänen), Kimitoön (with Teemu Väisänen) and Vaasa.

I will publish more details in my blog as things progress so check out this blog at least once a week to be ahead of things and secure your spot at the upcoming excavations.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Back home from Hanko after a great weekend documenting a couple of WW2 war graves and exploring "Durchgangslager Hangö".

I guess the 2017 field season is soon over here in Finland. Last weekend it was time for the last leg of fieldwork in Hanko S. Finland were this time we documented a WW2 Soviet war grave and filmed the excavations and detecting of "Durchgangslager Hangö" prior to the large scale excavations of the site in the summer of 2018.

Last view of "Durchgangslager Hangö" in 2017.

There still are forgotten WW2 war graves in Hanko and on Saturday we visited and documented one of them as part of the upcoming conflict archaeology project "Hangö 1940-41". No digging at this site of course but it became quite clear that six Soviet soliers were buried here in 1941. The buried wre possibly victims of an artillery barrage against their dugouts in the summer of 1941.

Soviet 5 Kopek coin (1930)

 The field burial site of six unknown Soviet soldiers.

At "Durchgangslager Hangö" we located and documented a few very interesting areas prior to the community archaeology excavations in June/July 2018. Especially one of the areas proved  very promising with lots of German WW2 finds made outr of a variety of different materials.

"Kriegsmarine" button and 10 "Pfennig" coin.

German uniform button with makers mark and the text "BESONDERS HALTBAR".

German "Erkennungsmarke" (dogtags).

Our hard work was filmed by the well known German metal detectorist Hans v. M. for his YouTube channel "Metal Detecting Germany (Terra Germania)". Have to say I´m very much looking forward to seeing this episode from Hanko, Finland soon :)

Hans filming in "Durchgangslager Hangö".