Thursday, 16 June 2016

Only one week until the start of the large scale conflict archaeology excavations of "Deutsches Lager Hanko"!!

It is now only one week until we will start the large scale, three week conflict archaeology excavation of "Deutsches Lager Hanko" (27.6.-15.7.2016). The excavation is part of my doctoral dissertation about the archaeology of the former German transition camp. All finds are kept by Hanko Museum.
I will be updating here on a daily basis when the excavations start!

The conflict archaeology excavation will take place on Cape Tulliniemi in Hanko S. Finland. The area is mostly a natural reserve (the green areas)-

Welcome to Finland and Hanko, archaeology students Jasmin Jyrä, Anni Tolppanen and Jordan 'Paddy' Paddison (University of Aberdeen dpt. of archaeology) and of course Anu Varjo (University of Helsinki dpt. of archaeology)! It´s a priviledge to have You here!

I would also like to welcome all the over 30 excavation participants from different parts of Finland and abroad!

The excavation is organised and financed by Hangö Sommaruniversitet. Part of the accomodation costs are covered by "Taideyliopisto" for the "Poetic Archaeology" project! We use Leica Zeno 20 in our research.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Wonderful undisturbed stone-age dwelling site found in Kangasala Finland today

What a context! The site was fund during archaeological surveying by archaeologist Ulla Moilanen. The finds consisted of large amounts of quartz flakes and burnt bone. Congratulations Ulla!

View from the newly found stone-age site at Kuhmalahti, Kangasala. Seems like nothing much has changed here since the stone-age!

One of the many high quality quartz flakes found on the site!

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

"Aktia-Stiftelsen i Hangö" grant for "Deutsches Lager Hanko 1942-1944"

Today I received confirmation that "Aktia-Stiftelsen i Hangö" has granted our project a quite substantial amount of money for the 2016 conflict archaeology research of  "Deutsches Lager Hanko 1942-1944".

Visits to the German camp with students from local schools since 2014.

Aktia has been supporting our work since 2015 but this time the money arrived at a very crucial stage of the project,with the first publications, the extended large community archaeology digs of the German WW2 transition camp and of course the opening up of the area and guided tours for local  as well as foreign visitors.

Guided tours with "Hanko oppaat" from the summer of 2016.

At the moment I feel both relieved and excited at the same time. Thank You to all in Hanko who believed in the project, participated in the excavations and helped me since that first day in April 2014.


Thursday, 2 June 2016

Day three, excavating "Deutsches Lager Hanko"

Today was the third and final day of the trial excavations of Deutsches Lager Hanko with students from local schools. I would like to thank all of you who participated in the dig this year. Happy holidays to all of You!!

Below are some pictures of a few of the German WW2 finds from today!


 Happy digging!

 Kriegsmarine tunic button.

More German WW2 porcelain. 

 German ink bottle.

"Odol Mundwasser" bottle.

 Leather strap with buckle.

 Eau de cologne glass bottle.

 Glass eye from a Teddybear or doll!

Unused German condom.

Many German soldier were in a desperate need of a haircut befor leaving on "Heimaturlaub". Long 4-8 cm strands of blond hair from "Deutsches Lager Hanko"

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Finds from day two of excavating "Deutsches Lager Hanko".

Another wonderful day excvating the German WW2 transition camp in Hanko Finland. Below are a few pictures of assorted finds from today :)

Jenna an Emmi sort yesterdays finds.

Trial trench one after the removal of the topsoil

Excavations uderway

A few finds from Today

German medicine bottles.

 Bakelite box containing Losantine tablets for use in case of gas attack.

 Ink pen (blade) and field made letter opener.

 German cigarette lighter.

 Morphine ampoule.

 Uniform fragments.

Broken Geman sunglasses.

A strand of hair.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Hundreds of finds during the first day of excavating "Deutsches Lager Hanko"

We only scratched the surface layer and were really surprised by the multitude and great quality of German WW2 finds. With over 20 people participating and in great summer weather the digging and documenation of the excavation was a pleasure.

Below are just a few of todays over 300 finds!

 German gaming pieces.

 Bakelite razor handle.

 German coin from 1926.


Bakelite drinking cup from a "Feldflasche".

 Markings on the cup.

 Some soldier preferred his wine from a carafe.

 Bakelite soap-box.

Finnish WW2 dogtag.

And lots of German porcellain...

Sunday, 29 May 2016

"Deutsches Lager Hanko 1942-1944". The 2016 excavations start tomorrow!

Feeling more than excited at the moment. The 2016 excavations of the larger German WW2 transition camp are about to begin.

This is our third field season and after trial excavations during previous years we are now into the first large scale archaeological excavations of this complex site!

I will be updating here on a daily basis so check in here for pictures of our work and "finds of the day".

A well preserved German coin found during surveying in May 2016. The sandy soil has preserved a lot of the finds in very good condition!