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Archaelogical Research


Archaeological fieldwork


The National Board of Antiquities carries out approximately 50 archaeological fieldwork projects, excavations and inventories each year. In addition, the board grants research permits to the archaeology departments of universities, museums and other parties.

Most of the National Board of Antiquities' own fieldwork is related various land-use projects. The principal aim is always to protect antiquities to ensure the survival of the national cultural heritage to be seen and examined by future generations. Some of the sites and relics, however, are of such nature that their protection in accordance with the Antiquities Act can be discontinued after sufficient investigation.

The developer of public or large private projects is responsible for the costs of research. Public projects include road and railway works, and large private projects include the construction of terraced houses and industrial plants.

In the case of small private projects (building a house or a leisure home, domestic gravel excavation etc.), the Board funds the necessary archaeological research.

Although the Board's excavation activities have been largely directed by land use considerations, they have nevertheless produced an extensive amount of new information on Finnish prehistory, particularly the Stone Age.

Maritime archaeological research


Maritime archaeologists examine submerged sites, make underwater inventories and do the fieldwork at selected sites. The fieldwork consists not only of the tasks at the site but also the treatment and interpretation of the collected material.

The sites are found by divers, archaeologists and other interested persons and groups. The findings are reported to the National Board of Antiquities. The aim of an underwater inventory is to survey all the submerged findings on a certain area. In most cases the inventory is made because of a new underwater construction. It must be ensured that the new structure does not harm an unidentified archaeological site.
Excavations at Naarankalmanmäki in Lempäälä.
Excavations at Naarankalmanmäki in Lempäälä. Photo:  National Board of Antiquities


 



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