Thursday 4 January 2018

First archaeology fieldtrip in 2018

Me, archaeologist Janne Soisalo, archaeology student Teemu Väisänen and local history enthusiast Micke Malm ventured on our first fieldtrip of our 2018 field season on the 3.1.2018. We visited several interesting find areas in Raseborg but two places really stood out!

The large gravel pit @ Raseborg Krogarbacken.

Krogarbacken is an area that is situated very close to the iron age and late medieval dwelling sites in Kroggård. The reason for our visit were quartz flakes found nere the summit of Krogarbacken. Sadly this area was very badly damaged and we couldnt confirm th existence of a stone age dwelling site.

Easily discernable mesolithic and early neolithic beach terraces in the east part of the large gravel pit.

A bit dissapointed after the lack of mesolithic finds we ran into an interesting area related to iron smelting in the same area! The finds included iron slag, burnt clay and pitchblack sandy soil full of charcoal.

Janne S and Micke M surveying. Krogarbacken 3.1.2018.

Stormossen 21 m. asl. was the main target of our fieltrip and what a wonderful stone-age dwelling site it was! Lots of quartz flakes and pottery as far as the eye could see. We documented and mapped the area for future research (perhaps in the spring of 2019).

Stormossen, neolithic potsherd.

The Stormossen neolithic dwelling site.

Quartz flakes found by the landowner prior to ur visit!

The new sites were reported to the National Board of Antiquities today. Depending on how the winter continues here in S. Finland even more fieldtrieps might be possible before spring :)

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