Sunday 16 October 2016

The 2016 season of excavating "Deutsches Lager Hanko" is over.

The dig ended with wonderful finds and the discovery of several new interesting research areas. We will definitely continue excavations next year. On behalf of my team I would like to thank Sparbankssstiftelsen i Hangö, Hangö Sommaruniversitet, University of the Arts and Leica Finland for making this excavation season the best one in my over 30 year long career as an archaeologist in Finland.

A very special thanks goes out to all the wonderful archaeology students who worked with me in Hanko this season. Jasmin Jyrä, Anni Tolppanen and Jordan Paddison (University of Aberdeen) and Anu Varjo, Jenna Savolainen, Emmi Herranen, Lauretta Suomi, Jimena Biga, Toni Tossavainen and Teemu Väisänen (University of Helsinki dpt. of Archaeology).

Last but not least I would like to thank Jan Martti Kaila and Japo Knuutila for the painstaking work in combining photographic art and conflict archaeology in "Poetic Archaeology".

Without metal detectorist Lasse Nyman (Suomen Metallinetsijät r.y.) we would never have found many of the now excavated areas.

Below are a few pictures of yesterdays and todays finds from our conflict archaeology dig 14-16.10.2016.

Field made ring.

Kantine purchase ring.

Name tag for rifle.

"Organisation Todt Erkennungsmarke".

Broken "Helsinki Souvenir" mirror.

Field made ring with the year 1944.

Trial excavations underway.

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