Monday 1 November 2021

JFArchaeology community archaeology excavations on mainland Finland and the Åland islands 2022

Having left the wonderful 2021 excavation season behind us we are now planning new exiting fieldwork for 2022.

Almost all of the planned excavations are within the field of community archaeology which means that you don´t need any previous knowledge of archaeology in order to participate. Children under 14 years of age can join our team in the company of an adult.  The participation fee usually varies depending on the organizer.


·     25.04. – 29.04.2022 ”Finding the Fallen of the Hanko Front” in Hanko S. Finland

Privately funded research project with a scientific multidisciplinary research team. No registration, only professionals accepted but you can always send us a letter of interest if this type of humanitarian work interests you as part of your history or archaeology studies or if you have particular expertise or skills that you think might assist us in our work.

The Hanko 1941 project on Facebook



·  02.05. – 06.05.2022 and 09.05. – 13.05.2022 Excavation of Soviet general Sergei Kabanovs WW2 underground command post in Hanko S.  Finland.

Privately funded scientific multidisciplinary research and community archaeology excavation with Hangö Sommaruni in combination with pedagogic excavations with local schools (09.05. – 13.05.2022).

Project webpage


·   12.05. – 18.05.2022 Excavation of the Vävarsbacka II neolithic stone-age dwelling site in Porvoo E Uusimaa region.

Community archaeology excavation of a multiperiod stone-age dwelling site with Borgå Medborgarinstitut

The excavation on Facebook


·   21.05. – 22.05.2022 and 04. – 05.06.2022 Excavation of the Kittiskoski E neolithic stone-age dwelling site in Lohja SW Finland.

Community archaeology excavation with Hiiden Opisto. Registration starts on the 20th of April 2022.

The excavation on Facebook

23.05. – 27.05.2022 and 30.05. – 03.06.2022.Pedagogic excavation of the Kittiskoski E neolithic stone-age  (Early - Typical Combe Ceramic Culture and Corded Ware Culture) dwelling site in Lohja SW Finland

Planning in progress with several Finnish and Swedish speaking schools from Lohja. The excavation is fully booked!



·  08.06. – 12.06.2022 Excavation of the Kolsarby late neolithic stone-age (Kiukais Culture) dwelling site in Kirkonummi S. Finland.

The excavation on Facebook


·  15.06. – 18.06.2022 and 19.06. – 22.06.2022 Excavation of Jäkärlä stone-age (Jäkärlä Culture) dwelling site in Turku SW Finland. Community archaeology project with Åbo arbetarinsitut.

The excavation on Facebook


· 27.06. – 04.07.2022 Excavation of the Kläppkärr neolithic stone-age dwelling site (Corded Ware Culture and Early Comb Ceramic Culture) in Espoo S. Finland. Community archaeology project with Esbo arbetarinstitut.

The excavation on Facebook



·  25.07. 29.07.2022 and 01.08 – 05.08.2022 Excavation of the Ge 16.9 neolithic stone age (Pitted Ware Culture) dwelling site  in Geta on the Åland Islands.

The excavation on Facebook



·  10.08. – 14.08.2022 Excavation of the ”Leikkipuisto” stone-age (Typical Comb Ceramic Culture) dwelling site in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki.

The excavation on Facebook


·  17.08. – 21.08.2022 Excavation of the Ruskiasuo stone-age Early Comb Ceramic Culture and Corded Ware Culture) dwelling site in Kouvola (Elimäki).

The excavation on Facebook


·  05.09. – 09.09.2022 and 12.09. – 16.09.2022 Excavation of Soviet general Sergei Kabanovs WW2 underground command post in Hanko S. Finland.

Community archaeology project with Hangö Sommaruni and privately funded scientific research. Planning in progress, please wait for more details!

Project webpage


·      19.09.–22.09.2022 Pedagogic excavation of the Kittiskoski E neolithic stone-age (Early - Typical Combe Ceramic Culture and Corded Ware Culture) dwelling site in Lohja SW Finland with students from Ojamonharjun koulu ja Mäntynummen yhtenäiskoulu.

Planning in progress with the pedagogic teams from both schools.                       

The excavation on Facebook



Wednesday 26 May 2021

The JFA 2021 field season has started

THIS year we will be excavating mainly stone age and second world war sites. In all 21 separate excavations will be carried out by us between May and October 2021. All of the excavations are community archaeology excavations and six of these include pedagogic archaeology with local schools.

Although most of the excavations are already fully booked there are a few spots left on a couple of the digs. Please contact the arrangers as soon as possible, no previous knowledge of archaeology is required!

Kirkkonummi, Kolsarby 9.6. - 13.6.2021

Excavation of a late neolithic dwelling site. 

Hanko 1941 project 12.7. - 16.7.2021 and 19.7. - 23.7.2021

Battlefield archaeology excavations of the Hanko front

Lohja Kittiskoski E 4.9. - 19.9.2021

Excavation of a neolithic dwelling site

Saturday 22 May 2021

The find of a lifetime in Inkoo S. Finland

WORK in a housegarden in Inkoo S. Finland came to an abrupt end when Eija Ström stumbled on an approximately 5000-year old large neolithic flint artefact. The artefact (possibly a knife or an arrow- or spearhead) is some 9 cm:s in length and 3 cm:s at its widest point. The find resembles arrowheads from the so called Typical Comb Ceramic period but is much larger than previous finds in the area.

The beautiful neolithic flint artefact photographed soon after it was found in the housegarden. Photos Eija Ström.

The find spot is situated approximately 30 meters above present day sea level which might indicate that it was lost on dry land a couple of meters above the stone age seashore. Whether or not the find indicates a stone age dwelling site is however still unclear. An inspection of the find site by the experienced archaeologist from Länsi-Uudenmaan Museo is scheduled for next week.

The find spot in the housegarden in Inkoo. Photos Eija Ström.

The raw material is probably of eastern origin although it can´t be ruled out that the artefact is made of Scandinavian flint (archaeologist Mikael Manninen via FB). The nearest flint occurances are situated hundreds of kilometers from the find site. There are two alternative explanations of how flint arrived in Finland during the Neolithic. It was either brought to the area by individuals who could personally get hold of it from natural sources. The other theory is that flint was procured and used by several different individuals and distributed by exchange networks over long periods of time (Hertell & Tallavaara 2011, p. 12).

Video of the find:

Further reading: 

Esa Hertell & Miikka Tallavaara 2011    High Mobility or Gift Exchange – Early Mesolithic Exotic Chipped Lithics in Southern Finland. In Mesolithic Interfaces. 

In Variability in Lithic Technologies in Eastern Fennoscandia, p. 11-41. Publisher: The Archaeological Society of Finland. Editor: Tuija Rankama.                                      

Wednesday 14 April 2021

JATULI ry järjestää yleisökaivauksen Lappeenrannan Murheistenrannan kivikautisella asuinpaikalla ma 6.9 - ma 13.9.2021.

KAIVAUKSEN tarkoitus on osallistujien tutustuttaminen arkeologiaan ja sen harrastamiseen. Sen tutkimuksellisena tavoitteena on tarkentaa ja varmistaa onko asuinpaikalla sijaitseva rantavalli Vuoksen synnyn aikainen ja varmistaa vallin alta löytyvien saviastianpalojen ajoitus.

Kampakeramiikkaa Murheistenrannan kivikautisella asuinpaikalla. Kuva Matti Hakulinen.

Asuinpaikalla aikaisemmin suoritetuissa kaivauksissa (2009, 2010 ja 2012) alueelta on löydetty runsaasti isokokoisia tyypillisen kampakeramiikan aikaisia saviastioiden palasia. Erikoista on se, että löytöjä on myös Vuoksen syntyä edeltäneen rantavallin alta (joidenkin käsitysten mukaan tyypillinen kampakeramiikka saapui Saimaan rannoille vasta Vuoksen synnyn jälkeen).

Lumi peittää Murheistenrannan kivikautisen suinpaikan.

Kaivausta johtaa arkeologi Leena SalonenTervetuloa kaivamaan Saimaan hiekkarannalle!



Arkeologi Leena Salonen puh. 040 848 0750

Anne Pesu puh. 040 5689 747

Matti Hakulinen puh. 0400 158374

Tuesday 23 March 2021

The Traces of War near You 2021 - Sodan Jäljet Lähelläsi 2021

The start of the project was delayed because of the Pandemic but today In was finally able to start lecturing about WW2 Conflict and Battlefield Archaeology to school children ages 12 and up.

During spring and autumn of 2021 I will lecture about our work on the Second World War battlefronts of the Hanko front to 50 schools in the Usimaa region. The "Sodan Jäljet Lähelläsi" project is financed by Suomen Kulttuurirahasto and the lectures in Finnish, Swedish and English are free of charge to the schools! 

Thursday 14 January 2021

Community archaeology excavation of a stone-age dwelling site on Åland coming up in 2021

Ever since I was a young archaeology student in 1987 I have dreamed of excavating a stone-age dwelling site on the Åland islands. Now one is scheduled for July 26th throuh July 30th 2021!

Picture from the excavations of the stone-age dwelling site at Jettböle in 1911. The excavation revealed many well preserved human remains. Photo Björn Cederhvarf

The whole idea of conducting a community archaeology excavation on the islands started in the autumn of 2019 when me and my colleague Janne Soisalo visted Åland and met with local archaeologists Jenni Lucenius and Niklas Stenbäck for a couple of days. Janne is currently working on his PhD about the late neolithic "Kiukais culture" and in this aspect the finds from the Åland islands are very interesting indeed. During our visit both Jenni and Niklas were extremely friendly and showed us around the exiting stone-age dwelling sites especially in the areas around Jomala and Långbergsöda .

Three archaeologists visiting the Långbergsöda stone-age dwelling site area in the rain (left to right Niklas Stenbäck, Janne Soisalo and Jan Fast).

In the autumn of 2020 i contacted the local adult education centre MEDIS (to ask them if the would be interested in organizing a community archeology field course in archaeology on the islands in 2021. The answer was an overwhelming yes! After some very good communication with Jenni the date for the excavation was set to 26-30.7.2021 and the maximum number of participants per day to 20. Children under 14 years of age are allowed to participate but only if accompanied by an adult.

Late neolithic pitted Ware rimsherd from Åland. Photo Jan Fast.

Yesterday Jenni informed me that registration for the excavation had started and today I learned that the excavation already had 16 participants in all. What a success!! Now Jenni has started looking for a suitable place for us to excavate and we hope we will find one during the upcoming month. It is important that the excavation will be located in a scientifically interesting location worthy of publication. We also wish that the excavation can help protect the site in the future.

Archaeologist Jenni Lucenius is working on finding the best spot possible for the upcoming community archaeology excavation

Needless to say both me and Janne are very exited but also very humble to have been granted this unique opportunity to conduct archaeological excavations on the beautiful Åland islands. Let´s hope this will only be the beginning of community archaeology here. Please follow our research on FB by clicking on the link below.