Archaeology studies the past through remains and relics preserved in the
ground and under water. Antiquities
are an important legacy from past generations. They tell of life,
habitation, communications and the movement of people, means of
livelihood, religious practices, and the burial of the dead.
All ancient monuments and sites in Finland are protected under the
provisions of the Antiquities Act. The National Board of Antiquities is
responsibile for maintaining and caring for the archaeological cultural
heritage along with certain provincial museums in Finland.
The Bronze Age cairn cemetery of Sammallahdenmäki
Sammallahdenmäki is the first Finnish archaeological site in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was chosen to the list as the finest Western Bronze Age site in Finland and Scandinavia.