I will be updating here again in mid August after my summer vacation. Very interesting new digs coming up. WW2 archaeology in Hanko S Finland ("Deutsches Lager Hanko 1942-1944") and Early Comb Ceramic Culture in Raseborg SW Finland. Please send a letter of interest to email@example.com if You wish to participate.
And as it seems it ended on time. Some documentation and a few checks tmr. and then it´s thank you and goodbye for us.
My research assistants, four wonderful archaeology students from Helsinki University dpt of Archaeology and the open university. Photo Mirva Uotila for the City of Vantaa.
As all you archaeologists know the last hours of the dig often are very exciting. This was more than true on this dig when large potsherds and a beautiful complete stone axe turned up (almost in the last minute). The cultural layer ended in clay over the whole excavation area so I feel confident that we have really reached the bottom layer now.
And now the end is near... sparkling wine and fresh Finnish strawberries for the troops in the trench. Traditional offerings to the Gods too. Some 30 people participated today, everyone of them motivated and eager to know more about the Neolithic Stone-Age.
Thunder and lightning turned the exavation area into a swimming but pool without a pool bar. I have to say I admire the people who participated today and made this day a very good one despite the weather. Two days left of the dig and we are exactly on time.
Great day and it´s not even finished yet. Today we found this wonderful 5 x 5cm piece of stone age artwork. The drawing was applied on a piece of clay before being burnt over open fire. Everyone is free to do their own interpretation of the object. Intriguing Yes and over 5000 years old.
The dig is nearing it´s end but the magnificent finds don´t seem to end. Today we had around 20 people participating and we made good advance. Below are some pictures of a couple of todays finds. Enjoy.
Another arrowhead day :). Sadly my infected foot is causing trouble, thank god I have a wonderful team to take care of business while I´m visiting the doctor and the lab. Have to take it much slower for a while though.
Another flint arrowhead :)
Digging the features of excavation level 5.
More neolithic pottery!!
Todays visitors brought a couple of articles from the excavations in the 1990´s with them. Yes it´s me and omg the hair... :D