Day two of the informal learning/pedagogic archaeology for schoolchildren part of the excavation. Today we excavated with some 20 students and two teachers from Ristin koulu. During the day I also had plenty of time to discuss pedagogic methods with schoolteacher Milaja Sippola.
Tuesday, 24 May 2022
Monday, 23 May 2022
Today was the first day of the 9 day long pedagogic archaeology and informal part of the dig with twenty-one 12 year old students from Rauhalan koulu participating. Upon arrival the students were divided into tree smaller groups who altered between three different activities during the day.
The first activity area was the archaeological excavation site. This was maybe the activity the students had been waiting for the most. Some really nice small finds turned up in the top layer including a fragment of an amber pendant.
The second activity area consisted of a stone-age quiz on a mobile app. After some initial difficulties this activity proved very good too and the students eagerly photographed the excavation finds, the excavation site and the beautiful nature. The most successfull student was awarded a 10 e gift card.
The third part of this different school day consisted of walking a nature trail guided by a forestry expert. During the walk the students got accuainted with the different forest types in the area. In sunny and warm weather this too was much appreciated by the students.
Sunday, 22 May 2022
This day was all about the Neolithic Stone-Age with many finds of beautiful pottery from several different periods of the stone-age. The weather too was on our side and this day was the first that almost felt like summer <3
Just a cpouple of minutes into the 2nd day of excavations we ran into a couple of concentrated areas with a multitude of well preserved potsherds. The oldest potsherds found today can be attributed to the Typical Comb Ceramic period (Ka II:2) ca 3900-3400 BC.
Saturday, 21 May 2022
After a couple of days of rest it was today time to kick off the community archaeology excavation of the stone-, and early metal period dwelling site in Kittiskoski. To our surprise this day yielded the first middle Iron-Age potsherds ever found on this very interesting site.
Other datable finds from today were potsherds from the typical and late stages of the Comb Ceramic Cultures as well as one potsherd attributable to the Corded Ware Culture. The finds testify to the several thousand years of habitation of the site.
On this first day the excavation was attended by 17 persons. The participants were in for a surprise already from the start when the topsoil estimated to be about 10 cm:s thick proved to be three or four times thicker. Adding to this part of the cultural layer was still frozen solid after the cold spring. As a result this first day of the excavation was mainly spent using the shovel.
Wednesday, 18 May 2022
Today was the last day of this years excavation of this beautiful neolithic site. The day was mostly dedicated to filling up the excavation area and cleaning up the surroundings. Despite this the site once again surprised us with a very nice find during the last hour of the excavation.
The flint knife probably had its tip broken off already in the stone age. The remaining part of the blade was preserved in the handle and discarded when the owner replaced it with a new one. The blade shows crackling possibly caused by fire. A beautiful last find indeed.
Tuesday, 17 May 2022
Today we focused on the documentation of a few very interesting features of the excavation area. During the almost one thousand years of prehistoric occupation of the site the stone-age inhabitants have dug several pits of different sizes on the dwelling site. Before documentation these areas need to be carefully "cleaned" so that the different details of the pits show up nicely on photos.
Monday, 16 May 2022
The fifth day of the excavation of the stone-age dwelling site once again offered several fantastic moments when neolithic finds kept popping up over almost the entire excavation area. Todays most spectacular and interesting find was a complete nail shaped chisel ("kynsitaltta").