Saturday, 28 December 2019

2020 community archaeology dig @ Vantaa Jokiniemi confirmed

The antropomorphic clay figurine "Tuima" was found in 1989.

In 1989 an amateur archaeologist found an astonishing anthropomorphic 5500 year old clay figurine in Vantaa Jokiniemi. He decided to keep it secret. The find was finally reported 26 years later, and in 2015 the fragile figurine was handed over to the National Heritage Agency.  Despite the importance of the find no archaeological field work has been conducted of the find site.

Heureka, the Finnish Science Centre has been conducting community archaeology excavations on the Jokiniemi site 1990-1994 and 2014-2015.

This will change in July 2020 when Helsinki Summer University and Heureka join forces and arrange a community archaeology trial excavation of the findsite. The excavation will make use of state of the art measuring and other equipment in order to better understand the site as a whole and help protecting it in the future.

Wooden post markin the shore line ca 3000 BC (approx. 21 m above present sea level)

I´m currently in the finishing stage of a 20 page scientific article about the clay figurines found during previous excavations in Jokiniemi. The results from the 2020 excavations will be included in this article scheduled for publication in December 2020.

8.7-12.7.2020 Vantaa Jokiniemi 
Trial excavation of the find site of the anthropomorphic clay figurine "Tuima". 
Helsingin seudun kesäyliopisto/Heureka.
Registration starts soon https://www.kesayliopistohki.fi/en/
Pre registration and letters of interest jfarchaeology@gmail.com

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