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Kierikkikangas Stone Age Excavations – Finland

January 2, 2008


The excavation focuses on a stone-age dwelling site circa 4000-3500BC.  The main aim of the placement will be to complete the excavation of a stone-age house depression and, time allowing, to complete some test pits in the area.

The centre has been running an international archaeological field school for several years. While conducting in research, participants are also going to be interacting with tourists and site visitors; the wooden pathway to Stone Age village goes through the site.Grey slate axe

Participants will be taken on field trips in the surrounding area to visit different kinds of sites and monuments.

Also a visit to Oulu University’s archaeology department and lab will take place.


The coastline of the Baltic extended to Kierikki around 7000 – 5000 years ago. Since then, land rise has moved the mouth of the river Iijoki 30 kilometres westwards.

Five thousand years ago, the population was concentrated close to the coast in Quartz scraperseveral large villages, the remains of which have been preserved nearly untouched in the area stretching from the village of Yli-Ii eastwards to the Pahkakoski rapids.

This complex constitutes one of the most important archaeological sites in Finland. However, the rich Stone Age culture was not an isolated phenomenon but a part of the more extensive ancient settlement in northern Finland. 

Participants must be on a relevant course of study in the UK and attend the duration of the programme.

Dates: 30 June – 10 August 2008

The placement is funded by the EU Leonardo da Vinci fund and covers return flights and accommodation costs.


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