The second day of the excavation was spent shoveling off the gravel layer that cover the massive (but fragile remains of the command post. The reason for the fragility is that by the summer of 1941 the Soviet troops in Hanko had ran out of good quality concrete for the construction of the underground structure. Using the digger to uncover the soil layers closer to the brick and wood structures would have been to risky so we are forced to use lighter tools for the work... but we are slowly getting there :)
Tuesday 6 September 2022
Excavating General Sergei Kabanovs underground command post. Day 2/10.
Much like yesterday todays finds consisted of small fragments of porcellain and glass. These items are probably decades older than the command post itself and can be associated with activities in the adjacent Hanko Casino founded in 1879.
Tomorrow we will continue the excavation with 20 students from Hankoniemen lukio and Hangö gymnasium. Needless to say we are looking much forward to that, we really need their help too :).
View towards Kabanovs underground command post from the S. and a piece of beautiful late 19th or early 20th century porcellain found today