Saturday, 21 April 2018

First ever WW2 Conflict Archaeology Exhibition in Hanko Finland 19.5.2018-31.3.2019!

I´m exited to say the least. This exhibition which combines the archaeology and tragic wartime history of the large German WW2 transition camp in Hanko S. Finland will open on May 19th 2018 in Hanko Museum.


Many of the soldiers visiting the camp between 1942 and 1944 were Gebirgsjäger.

The exhibition is be open to vistors until 31.3.2019. This is the first time in Finland when archaeological finds from the Second World War are in the center of an Museum sized exhibition!


The exhibition tells the story of "Gerd" who travelled through the camp in Hanko and was killed on the Eismeerfron in February 1944.


Heer Urlauber in Hanko in 1943.



Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Ilmoittaudu heti ja osallistu toisen maailmansodan aikaisen saksalaisen kauttakulkuleirin arkeologisiin kaivauksiin Hangossa

Ainutlaatuinen mahdollisuus osallistua Hangon kesäyliopiston järjestämiin toisen maailmansodan sota-arkeologisiin kaivauksiin Hangon Tulliniemessä 25.6-13.7.2018. Ilmoittaudu kurssille heti tästä, paikkoja on vielä muutamia jäljellä! https://hangosommaruni.fi/studieprogram/22-ovriga-kurser/arkeologi/66-konfliktarkeologi

Saksalainen soittokunta paraatissa Hangossa 1943.


Kaivauksissa tutkitaan Saksan armeijan vuosina 1942-1944 käyttämän valtavan sotilasleirin raunioita. Kuka tahansa voi osallistua kaivauksiin, aikaisempaa kokemusta sotahistoriasta tai arkeologiasta ei tarvita!

Leiristä löytynyt hyvin säilynyt saksalainen toisen maailmansodan aikainen kolikko.

Kaivaus on jaettu kolmeen eri osaan ja kullekin viikolle otetaan mukaan maksimissaan 15 henkilöä ilmoittautumisjärjestyksessä! Osallistumismaksu on vain 20e/viikko! Mukana voi olla yhden tai kaikki viisi päivää!

Saksalaissotilaan rintamalla tekemä sormus jossa vuosiluku 1944.

Alueelta on aikaisemmin löytynyt tuhansia saksalaissotilaiden jälkeensä jättämiä tai hukkaamia esineitä. Löydetyt esineet ovat osa arkeologi Jan Fastin Helsingin yliopistossa tekemää väitöskirjatyötä ja parhaimmat löydöt pääsevät näytille Hangon Museon näyttelyyn!

Saksalaissotilaita Hangossa 1944.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Impressive short film about stone-age life in coastal Norway!!

The preservation circumstances regarding stone-age finds in Norway is much the same as they are in Finland and most part of Sweden. Finds of organic material are scarce. And then of course thre is the land upheaval effect and the changing landscape to consider...

Got to see this shortfilm over Facebook today and I was utterly impressed by it. It sums things up in a very nice way. Enjoy :)


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Wonderful Finnish rock paintings! Photos by Ismo Luukkonen.



I just wanted to stop by and advertise this beautiful webpage by Ismo Luukkonen with pictures of  Finnish rock paintings! Enjoy :)





Monday, 5 March 2018

"Durchgangslager Hanko 1942-1944" exhibition in Hanko S. Finland 19.5.2018-31.3.2019!

During the past months I have been preoccupied with the planning of the upcoming WW2 conflict archaeology exhibition in Hanko s. Finland. The exhibition is scheduled for 19.5.2018-31.3.2019.


The exhibition will give an insight in the daily personal lives of German soldiers in Finland during the Second World War with a focus on the "Urlaubsfahrt" an integral part of he logistics of the German war effort and the role of the large German transition camp situated on Cape Tulliniemi between 1942 and 1944.

German soldiers in Hanko. Photo SA-kuva.

The exhibition shows intriguing unique finds from the conflict archaeology excavations of the camp between 2014-2017 as well as previously unseen period pictures take by German soldiers during the "Urlaubsfahrt"in Hanko as well as the frontlines of the "Nordfront". Photographic art by Jan Kaila and Japo Knuutila from the "Poetic Archaeology" project (2014-2017) add a dramatic artististic dimension to the museum exhibition.

Baracke. Photo Jan Kaila/Japo Knuutila "Poetic Archaeology" project.

The exhibition also shows lots of genuine German soldiers personal Hanko and Finland related items. These items have been gathered from collections and from German veterans families from all around Europe between 2014 and 2018.


Friday, 2 March 2018

Doctoral dissertation about the archaeology and heritage of the Second World War German military presence in Finnish Lapland.

The first doctoral dissertation in the field of WW2 conflict archaeology is a fact. In a couple of hours time archaeologist Oula Seitsonen will defend his doctoral thesis titled "Digging Hitler's Arctic War : Archaeologies and Heritage of the Second World War German military presence in Finnish Lapland" at the University of Helsinki. Opponent professor Paul Mullins, Custos professor Suzie Thomas.





Thursday, 1 March 2018

WW2 conflict archaeology in Hanko 25.6-13.7.2018, secure your spot now!

Now is the time to reserve a spot at this year WW2 conflict archaeology excavations of "Durchgangslager Hangö" in Hanko S. Finland. We speak English, Finnish, Swedish and German at the excavation. The excavation will be on weekdays between June 25th and July 13th 2018.

You can find more information about the excavation here by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page. Please remember that you can also contact Hangö Sommaruni via email kansli@hangosommaruni.fi

Participate in the "Deutsches Rotes Creuz" excavation on excavation week one (25-29.6.2018).

This years excavation will be the last community archaeology excavation of this interesting site. Last autumn we were able to locate three different areas, very rich in German WW2 finds. This years excavation will concentrate on those special areas (we will spend one week researching each area).

During the first excavation week there will be a very special excavation concentrating on the women of the German Red Cross("Deutsches Rotes Kreuz") who worked in the camp from 1942-1944. If you are interested in participating here you should secure your spot on the first excavation week (25-29.6.2018) as soon as possible! Part of week one and weeks two and three will concentrate on the finds left behind by German soldiers.

From the excavations in 2017.

Register and read more about the excavations here. See you in sunny Hanko!