Thursday, 2 July 2015

Jokiniemi day 9/22

This day was an important documentation day before venturing further down into the cultural layer so we took things a bit slower than usual.

 Archaeology student Olli Eranti cleaning level 2 for documentation.

 ... and preparing the map in the shade.

Level 2. of the excavation area is ready for documentation.

At noon the site was visited by some 20 youngsters from Heureka who took part in sieving and digging of the site. Such wonderful young energetic boys and girls!!

 Sieving the ploughsoil.

 Digging in.

Community archaeology at it´s absolute best without age limits :)

The finds were not as many as before today but still included a few flint scrapers and some 100 fragments of neolithic comb ceramic pottery.

Comb ceramic pottery.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Jokiniemi day 8/22

Fantastic day with great neolithic flint and pottery finds :).

 Flint arrowhead fragments (middle part missing).

Flint knife fragment.

Neolithic pottery.

The dig continued in excellent summer weather, seems like the heatwave is finally here :).

 The power trio, archaeology students Janne, Nelli an Olli :).

And we are only approaching layer 3.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Jokiniemi day 7/22

Today we found our first solid proof of the site being occupied during the late neolithic corded ware culture. In the midst of all comb ceramic pottery this small rimsherd made our day. The ornamentation is identical to a vessel found in a neolithic grave some 10 km to the west from our dig (Vantaa Jönsas).

Battle Axe culture rimsherd.

Other neolithic finds are of course also accumulating rapidly. A fragment of a flint knife or arrowhead, a nail shaped slate tool being among the more interesting ones today.

 Grooved "nail shaped" slate object.

 Grooved "nail shaped" slate object.

Flint knife or arrowhead fragment.

To be continued ;)

Monday, 29 June 2015

Jokiniemi days 5-6/22

Summer has finally arrived in S Finland at least for this week. After spending a wonderful weekend vacation in the archipelago I will now post a short update on last Friday and today, sry for the delay guys...

I will start of describing the finds of neolithic pottery. As we are now (finally) digging into the untouched stone age layers of the site the amount of pottery is gradually rising. As for now it seems we are mostly finding late neolithic pottery (late comb ceramic period or Ka III) which corresponds to the elevation of ca 20-21 m. asl.

Due to the great weather on friday and today we have been advancing a lot and the dig is now only approx one day delayed from schedule. We will probably catch up for lost time tomorrow :).

Happy diggers :)

Let´s see what tomorrow and the rest of the week will bring when it comes to finds. The find layer is rich and thick and dark brown in color so I guess anything can happen :).

"On the beach"

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Jokiniemi 2015 day 4/22

The day was windy and cloudy but thank God almost no rain. Work on the site is advancing steadily and by tomorrow afternoon we should be through the topsoil on the entire excavation area.

With over 20 persons participating in the dig tomorrow we should finally be through layer one.

Despite only touching the surface of the find layer the finds are accumulating rapidly. Todays finds included potsherds (late comb ceramic culture) and a fragment of a slate sinker.

Fragment of a small neolithic slate sinker (notice the notch or groove at the end).

What would I do without all the wonderful people participating in the dig, totally fearless of the weather. The archaeology students from Helsinki university dpt of archaeology are top guns too :)

 Archaeology students Nelli and Emma <3

The best crew ever!

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Jokiniemi 2015 day 3/22

This day was a rainy one but thanks to the hard working crew it turned out very good! Lot´s of great finds too (well preserved neolithic pottery, another intriguing crystal an unfinished flint arrowhead and a beautiful fragment of  a neolithic slate ring fragment (according to grave finds these were probably used as dress ornaments).

Digging in the rain (our tent covers an area of only 10 x 3 meters so space became a problem at the end of the day :)

Original 1980´s Finnish design "Rukka" raincoat!

Below two of todays beautiful finds, an unfinished neolithic flint arrowhead and a fragment of a neolithic polished slate ring!!

Below is a complete neolithic slate ring found during excavations of the neolithic grave site of Laukaa, Hartikka.

A slate ring from Laukaa, Hartikka. Photo Museovirasto.

The slate rings from one of the red ochre graves from Laukaa, Hartikka. Photo Mirja Miettinen.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Jokiniemi 2015 day 2/22

Still digging through the topsoil but we are slowly getting there ;). As the profile of the excavation area grows higher the finds get bigger. Like this nice rimsherd (typical comb ceramic ware) illustrates.

 Typical comb ceramic ware ca 3600 BC.

The decorated rim of the same potsherd.

In order to better illustrate the land upheaval effect on the site we have placed signs showing the participants were the seashore was during different periods of occupation of the site.

Ca 3000 BCE (before Christian era) translates to ca 21 m above present sea level.

First radio interviews today too. The reporter was awesome and stayed at the dig for the complete day!!  :)

Tuomas interviewed by radio reporter from the Finnish National Brióadcasting company (YLE).

To be continued .... :)