Friday 16 June 2017

Countdown to the largest WW2 conflict archaeology excavation ever in Finland!

Countdown time! Today it´s only 10 days until the start of the largest WW2 conflict archaeology excavation ever  here in Finland. 

Three weeks and 70+ participants (some 20 + per day) makes up for a very serious dig indeed. The excavation is arranged by Hangö Sommaruniversitet. Additional financial support for the dig  has been granted by Aktia-Stiftelsen i Hangö and Vetenskapsrådet (Sweden).

Prior to the dig I feel it´s time to present the team in charge of the dig, I will start with myself.

Jan Fast, archaeologist

Jan Fast is a Finnish archeologist (MA) and exhibition coordinator. He has studied archeology and history at the University of Helsinki, the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi. 

At the moment Fast is working on his doctoral dissertation about the archeology and history large German, Second World War transition camp situated at Cape Tulliniemi, Hanko S. Finland. 

Jan Fast has conducted some 150 archeological excavations in Finland since his start as a field archeologist in 1986. During his long career as a field archeologist he has worked at several different science institutions. 

While working as an exhibition coordinator at Heureka, The Finnish Science Centre 1989-1997 he organized the famous archeological excavations of the large Neolithic dwelling site in Vantaa Jokiniemi S. Finland. Some five hundred people participated in what still is considered the largest community archeology dig in Finland.

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