Thursday 30 June 2016

The road to hell in three German coins (and three decades)

Hi this is Jan again :). Today was our fourth day of excavating  the German transition camp and the finds just rolled in once again.  Almost immediately we found these three German coins in the same tight context. They kind of show the road from peace time to war time in design and years (1904, 1924 and 1939).

Three German coins.

Most of the area of Cape Tulliniemi is a nature reserve where all unauthorized digging is prohibited by law,.

Today the weather wasn´t what the forecast promised but we managed to stay dry for most of the day :). The damp weather was ideal for digging the more fragile items like those of paper or cloth.

The sea was calm on the northern side of Cape Tulliniemi near the German officers camp.

The Finnish senior reporter Markku Veijalainen filmed our work for his upcoming documentary about Cape Tulliniemi. What a great guy!

Markku films, we  dig.

Todays finds included more beautifully preserved paper items (documents etc.), leather straps and boot leather, fragments of uniform cloth and of course the heap of food ration tins keeps mounting :)

 Kettle and Wehrmacht standard ration food cans in excavation layer one.

Fragment of  Gernan uniform cloth. The green color is still as vibrant as it was in 1943.

German medical tubes, the one below was made in Hannover and once contained "Boorsalbe".

With the first week of excavations almost over I will take the opportunity to thank my great staff, archaeology students Jasmin Jyrä, Anni Tolppanen and Jordan Paddison. I would also like to thank Hangö sommaruniversitet, Taideyliopisto, Leica Finland and the people at the Freeport of Hanko, Finland and Yrsa Krüne for the lovely accomodation. Last but not least I would like to give a big thanks to all of you who participated in the excavation this week!!

Happy digging in Hanko :)

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