Wednesday 23 September 2015

Working full time, writing my dissertation about the WWII German transition camp and Ukrainian prisoner of war camp in Hanko S. Finland.

The documentation work is almost finished!

Ruins of one of the "Mannschaftsbaracke" in 2014 (thank God I got there in time to document it before it was demolished.)

The fieldwork with local schools has been a success!

Students from Hangö Gymnasium and Hankoniemen lukio dig in (2015)

The finds are overwhelming!

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Saturday 19 September 2015

Documenting the Telegrafberget site

Today I spent one day documenting the Telegrafberget site were we cleared off vegetation earlier this summer. The light was exeptionally good, resulting in some great photos of this Optical Telegraph station from the Crimean war on Kimitoön SW Finland.

The building remains consist of three separate features (I-III). In the upcoming weeks we will try to get photos of the site from above using a drone.

 Feature I, from SW

  Feature I, from S.

  Feature I, from NE.

Feature I, NE corner.

 Feature II (between features I and III), from E.

  Feature III, SE corner.

 Feature III, from N.

Wednesday 2 September 2015

The rain came pouring down over "Deutsches Lager Hanko"

But we managed to do some 6 hours of intense fieldwork despite of the wind and the rain.

Autumn weather in DL Hanko today. Photo Yle.

Many interesting items of both military and civilian nature today although I can only post a few here because of having most of them securely packed down in plastic bags in the fridge (awaiting conservation).

(Me myself and I) documenting the excvation process.Photo by J. Knuuttila.

A few of todays finds! A Gebirgsjäger aluminium tent peg, Ink bottles, a  brass kettle, fork and spoon etc etc..

Todays finds also included several plastic German moisture lenses for the Gasmask (1940) along with beautifully preserved Ink- and (Mouson) perfume bottles...

Along with Ink- and Mouson perfume bottles

 Mouson Haut 0,1 l.

Because of the bad weather we won´t be able to excavate tomorrow but the dig will continue in october. Please join us then!

Tuesday 1 September 2015

Over 50 000 vistors mark of JFArchaeology crossed today!

I would like to thank You all for the continuing interest in my work and archaeological research in Finland in general!


Pizza time ;)

Deutsches Lager Hanko day two (1.9)

Another great day with a multitude of different fnds illustrating the daily activities of the German WW2 transition camp. The many different types of finds occasionally makes the site very difficult to excavate.

Cans and buckets litter the WW2 dump area.

Among the food cans we found aa awesome  range of personal and other artefacts including many paper items.

A package of "Juno Zigarretten"

The finds included leather items, wine- ink- and other bottles, different types of bakelite items as well as combs, mirror fragments, land pins and luggage tags and even a large candle holder from a Christmas tree.

"Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin"

 Christmas tree candle holder!

Wine bottle coming up :)

The weather report for tomorrow suggests it will be a rainy day. Because of the many paper items in the soil digging in the rain is not an option. 

Surprisingly large amounts  of 70-year old paper stuff has been found during the excavations :)