Snow was slowly falling but I just had to take one more drive to Hanko and have a last look at the site before winter. Maybe the reason for this was that we managed to get funding for excavations here in 2015 maybe it was just "the Rocker in me" looking for inspiration before the long cold winter sets in here in S. Finland.
Map of the German transition camp area in Hanko after I did some archive research and pulled all threads together Thanks Niinu for the patience <3
The visit was of course about surveying the site once more. We looked for possible WW2 dump areas and located a huge one at the westernmost limit of the camp grounds.
Hanko Tulliniemin in the spring of 1943, Finnish officer A. Breithotz adressing a Wehrmacht Unteroffizier..
As small scale community archaeology excavations of the site are planned for may/june we looked a bit closer at two special areas. namely the area of the "Offiziersspeisesaal" and the "Ukrainerlager" area. We weren´t going for finds but merely surveying to be able to address the right excavation methods here in 2015.
Canned food makes the world go around.
Despite the finds not being exactly over the expected the site holds what must be regarded as great promise when it comes to documenting the daily life of a WW2 German camp situated between the Vaterland and the Eismeerfront.
Broken glass and porcelain from a dump near the "Offiziersspeisesaal" area of the camp.
Letter home from Hanko "Hier traf ich fünf Urlauber meiner Einheit...Hier sind sehr viele Wanzen...
I´hope to be able to research the forgotten histories of the tens of thousands of German soldiers who stayed here from 1942-1944. Historical documents such as letters, personal photos and archaeological finds will be combined to tell the stories of the young soldiers who passed here on the way to the Eismeer front or back home to their loved ones.
View towards the Baltic Sea from the "Offiziersspeisesaal" area.
Thanks to funding from Sparbanksstiftelsen in Hanko the plans for trial excavations of the German WW2 transition and Ukrainian prisoner of war camp in Hanko S Finland will come true next year. The excavations will take place in may/june 2015 and will involve local schools (Hankoniemen Lukio and Hangö Gymnasium) as well as up to 20 enthusiasts in the field of WW2 conflict archaeology.
I will be looking for additional funding for the project this month but it feels good to have this part of the project to look forward to already :). Letters of interest are most welcome if you would like to participate in the project! Send an email email@example.com
Soldiers on the march through the camp area (1943?).
Now and then...
A few of the barracks are still standing the test of time (barrack of Wehrmaht Betriebstoff Kolonne)
As part of the work around the upcoming "Archaeology Night" at Heureka the Finnish Science Centre (4.12.2014) this day was dedicated to 3D scanning of three of the stone-age figurines found on the neolithic dwelling site of Jokiniemi (Vantaa S. Finland).
The mobile equipment and staff came from Versoteq but the printing will be done at Heureka.
The idea is to give the visitors a "hands on experience" of the figurines as well as a chance to see and rotate the figurines in 3D on screen.
3D scanning in progress.
With the good lighting in the room I managed to take a few more pictures of the figurines myself :)
I have always had high hopes for archaeologist (PhD) Anna Wessman (Wickholm), in her younger years she worked with me on several excavations in S. Finland.Still... I have to admit I felt "fatherly" anxieties when I stepped into her world of exhibitions today.
Glims museum entrance
The theme of the exhibition is about the world of metal detecting and archaeology and is the first of it´s kind in Finland. The entrance suggested this would be another one of those exhibitions in an old house (not suitable for exhibitions). The happy sight of her welcoming us today will never leave me, Congratulations Anna and the staff of Espoo City Museum.
Well preserved cannon on the ships gundeck (picture copyright Badewanne)
And this one goes to court... It will be very interesting to see what the courts decision will be as this is the first case of it´s kind in Finland.
Four very experienced divers (ages 30-40 yrs) stand accused of stealing artifacts from a 18th century shipwreck located outside of Porvoo S Finland. The divers have worked as guides and arranged legal diving tours.
The 40 meter long wreck wreck lies at a depth of around 60 meters. The ship has had two gun decks and is in a remarkable state of preservation
The police (who previously were doing nothing) were tipped off by another diver and a reporter who is making a documentary about the looting of shipwrecks in the Baltic Sea region. The accused divers claim that they are innocent.