Sunday, 21 May 2017

Newly found stone-age hearths from Raseborg, Långåmossarna and Espoo, Urheilupuisto S. Finland

For the last couple of days we have been excavating a 6000-year old stone age dwelling site at Långåmossarna in Raseborg (S. Finland).

Drone photo of the area with the three hearths at Raseborg, Långåmossarna. Photo Max Hartwall.

At the same time another team of archaeologists have been excavating another site from the same time period in Espoo, ca 70 km east of Raseborg.

Two of the three stone-age hearths (layer two) from Långåmossarna (Raseborg).

Both sites have yielded many hearths and at least the eleven ones found in Espoo might be associated with the seasonal cooking of seal blubber during the period in question.

Hearth from Espoo, Urheilupuisto (layer one). Photo Mikroliitti Oy.

Bottom layer of a hearth from Espoo, Urheilupuisto. 

Great finds! It´s quite rare to have so many hearths found at the same time, and very interesting indeed to be able to compare them during the actual fieldwork. Sadly the hearths from Espoo only produced very limited amounts of dateable finds. We will have to wait until we get the results from the C-14 analysis until we know the excact chronology of the two sites.

Pottery (4000 BC) from Raseborg, Långåmossarna.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Excavating the corded ware culture dwelling site @ Långåmossarna

We have been waiting a year for this. Today it was finally time to start the excavation of the corded ware culture dwelling site area at Långåmossarna. Not so many finds yet but we are only scratching the surface at this point. I hope that tomorrow we will be able to share more pictures about the finds and especially the features (the hearths)!

Excavating layer one.

Corded ware culture hearth (in the foreground), layer two.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Here comes the summer!

Day two excavating the early Comb Ceramic dwelling site at Långåmossarna  with beautiful students from Ekenäs Gymnasium and Ms. Karin Tatsugawa from Hiroshima, Japan.

Ms. Tatsugawa shows off one of the many 6000-year old potsherds she found today.

The day started out warm and foggy but as soon as we started excavating the sun broke through the fog and we could excavate in wonderful summer weather (+22 degrees Celsius). As expected the finds started mounting up when we reached layer two.

The excavation area, approximately  in the middle of the picture at the edge of the gravel pit.

The students started by clearing of the remains of layer one, after which me and Tia documented the first excavation level with the help of history teacher Vilhelm Lindroos. The students who helped out with the cleaning of the excavation level were rewarded with Ice Cream :)

Excavation area level one. The smaller fire cracked stones are all from hearths destroyed by 
stone-age wave- and Ice erosion.

In 2017 we´re going after the eally small fragments of burnt bone (mostly fish). We have opened up a couple of smaller excavation areas for more closer inspection.

Archaeology student Tia (University of Helsinki) excavating the area of a refuse pit filled with small fragments of burnt bone.

Todays finds were mostly comprised of larger ornate potsherds, quartz and porphyry flakes and burnt bone.

Early comb ceramic pottery (4500-4300 BC)

Spring met summer today :)

Thursday, 18 May 2017

The 2017 excavation season just started!

What a great week!

Last weekend we continued the Poetic Archaeology surveying of "Durchgangslager Hangö" with a permit from the landowner (Metsähallitus). With the official permit in hand it was now possible for us to take a closer look at the areas of the German transition camp that today are situated within the protected nature reserve area of Cape Tulliniemi.

Surveying "Durchgangslager Hangö" 13.5.2017. Photo Lasse Nyman

Although we were only scratching the surface we found acouple of very interesting find areas which we will excavate during the 2017 season. Below area a few finds from the first visit to Cape Tulliniemi later this year!

 Catholic WW2 prayer ring

German named "luggage" tag to Uffz. Franz Stäger.

German WW2 brass matchbox cover.

Today it was time to kickstart the excavations of the 6500 year old stone-age site at Långåmossarna in Raseborg (S. Finland). Over 20 students from the local schools showed up aand made a tremendous effort in clearing the top layers of the southernmost research area. Lots of finds too but more about those tomorrow. A big thanks to Karis-Billnäs Gymnasium and Ekenäs Gymansium for a superb day!

 The stone-age dwelling site @ Långåmossarna.

 The team 18.5.2017.

 Removing the topsoil.

 Topsoil successfully removed, time to excavate find layer 1.

"Side by side".