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

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!

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 :)