Sunday, 7 December 2014

Archaeology night at HEUREKA the Finnish Science Centre

This event was a much anticipated one. 9 hours (15-24)of different aspects of archaeology and a seminar on rock art all on the same day. The anthropomorphic and zoomorphic clay figurines from Jokiniemi were on display too. The small exhibition will  be on display until the of january 2015 after which the valuable clay figurines will be delivered to the National Board of Antiquities in Helsinki for documentation and safekeeping. Below are a few pictures from the sucessfull event with great contributions from the Vantaa and Helsinki City Museums (among others).

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Monday, 1 December 2014

The Finnish Archaeological Society (SARKS) Archaeology Days in Turku Finland in 27-28.11.2014.

The two day event started on thursday with the theme "Ethics and Archaeology. I participated in day two which was labeled "Community Archaeology". I believe this was the first time ever when community archaeology was the main theme of a seminar among professional archaeologists in Finland. Great theme and the venue was packed with people.

The venue "Turun upseerikerho" (The Officers Club in Turku)

The previous day had seen some hectic debate around the theme of metal detecting and archaeology. Archaeologists Taisto Karjalainen (from Metsähallitus) and Janne Ikäheimo (University lecturer at Oulu University dpt of Archaeology) raising some very critical voices towards metal detectorists in Finland in general. The debate arouse after archaeologist PhD Anna Wessman spoke about her and Espoo City Museums experiences with involving metal detectorists in their work. Sadly I wasn´t around to comment on  the debate but in my opinion the only move forward is co-operation with the metal detecting community in Finland (especially young people who are into metal detecting).

Way to go in Finland (with a professional archaeologist in the middle)?

I spoke about my very positive experiences working in the field of community archaeology since 1986. I must say that it felt very good to talk about the subject after some very "lonely" years doing what I do in the 1990´s. I tried to emphasize the need for reaching out to the public through the media which I feel is an integral part of all community archaeology projects.

JFArchaeology field school Raseborg (Karis Billnäs Gymnasium) may 2014.


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Today I visited Kannelmäen peruskoulu

The school is situated in northwestern Helsinki. Today all the students were 7th graders but I will be lecturing to the younger kids next spring. Especially the first group asked some very good questions . We talked a lot about stone age grave rituals and human bones in general. Here´s a very good new documentary on this topic that I would like to share with all you students fom the school. Thanks for making me feel so welcome :)

heres a link about the find in english!

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

3D rotating images of the neolithic clay figurines from Jokiniemi, S Finland

For all of You to "rotate and enjoy"  :). These images were made for HEUREKA for Archaeology Night (4.12.2014) by Versoteq Oy Thanks guys!

3D scanning makes the world go round :)

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Neolithic meets WW2

Sry for not updating my blog for a while but believe me :)  I have been very busy doing archaeology. I hope that´s a good excuse... ;)

Yesterday we visited the archives of the Finnish Defense Forces and managed to look up some interesting and  apparently "previously unknown" flight recon pics of Hanko in july of 1942. The pictures (very crisp and clear in every detail) showed the first signs of German military presence in Tulliniemi 1942. Building materials stacked on the beach and some interesting track marks in the soil near the "Ukrainer Lager" among lots of other stuff. We will be combining these with up to date LiDar pictures in the near future thanks to funding for the project from "Sparbanksstiftelsen i Hangö".

Hanko Tulliniemi "Entlausungsdorf area" july 1942. 
Picture by courtesy of the Finnish Defence Forces.

Today photoshoot at Sanoma OY Tiede Magazine in connection to my upcoming publication of the three anthropomorphic neolithic clay figurines from Jokiniemi (1989-2002). Over two hours of intense professional work payed off, the results of which can be seen in TIEDE magazine in the spring of 2015 (february or april). The picture below is from an earlier session which was done for  the upcoming "Archaeology Night @ HEUREKA".

Photoshoot of the neolithic anthropomorphic clay figurine "Tuima". 
Picture by Riku Koskelo (TIEDE magazine)