Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The WW2 conflict archaeology project "Deutsches Lager Hanko 1942-1944" announces new excavations in 2015!

The archaeological excavation of the WW2 Ukrainian prisoner of war camp and the large German transition camp in Hanko S. Finland continue in September and October!! The digs are part of my doctoral dissertation of the camp.

German and Finnish soldier in the harbour of  Hanko S. Finland probably in 1942. Photo SA-kuva.

The first leg of the excavations is scheduled for 31.8 - 3.9. 2015.  The second dig will probably be from 5.10 - 11.10.2015. Anyone interested in WW2 history or archaeology is invited to participate. There is no participation fee and all necessary digging equipment is provided on site by JFArchaeology.

The scientific research has made possible by grants from "Sparbanksstiftelsen i Hangö" and the photographic art project ("Poetic Archaeology") is funded by "Vetenskapsrådet" (Sweden). The excavations are carried out in close co-operation with the National Board of Antiquities, Hanko Museum, the City of Hanko and Metsähallitus. Permits for the excavations have been granted by the landowner (city of Hanko). All finds are documented, catalogued and kept at Hanko Museum.

Luftwaffe eagle.

Bakelite box for the Gebirgsgeschütz 36.

Razor parts.

Food can and ink bottle (Faber)

Digging a pair of  "Gebirgsjäger" boots.

The excavation will produce large amounts of period finds illustrating the German military prescence in Hanko during WW2. I invite local as well as foreign participants to join the dig. Send your letters of interest to jfarchaeology@gmail.com.

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