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.