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Finland's National Board of Antiquities is the nation's specialist, service provider, developer and authority in material cultural heritage and the cultural environment field. It collects, manages and presents the national heritage of cultural history and records in addition to producing and providing knowledge.

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Archaeologist Tim Sutherland carrying out ground testing while Jeremy Freeston shoots a documentary. Photo by Satu Koivisto, National Board of Antiquities

Geophysical measurements taken in the surroundings of the Janakkala swordsman’s grave yield more information about the area

In September, the National Board of Antiquities teamed up with archaeologists from the University of York to carry out exceptional studies in the surroundings of the so-called swordsman’s grave, which was discovered in Janakkala last autumn. The studies were carried out without tampering with the ground or the ancient monument. The magnetism of the soil surrounding the grave was measured using a magnetometer, and the results proved quite interesting: several traces of human activity were found under the surface of the field, some of which may indicate the presence of an ancient burial ground or even an ancient settlement. The National Board of Antiquities is currently waiting for further analysis results from the University of York’s archaeologists. Based on these results, the National Board of Antiquities may later carry out excavations on some of the most interesting spots at the site in order to confirm what lies deeper in the ground under the measurement points.
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A three-piece glass painting from the dining hall of Hvitträsk. The glass painting was designed by Olga Gummerus-Ehrström in 1904-1905. Photo by Ilari Järvinen, National Board of Antiquities 2012 (99050:71).

The Partage Plus project produced 81,000 new item entries, along with 3D images and multilingual searches, for the Europeana database

The National Board of Antiquities and the National Museum of Finland took part in the European Partage Plus project, which spanned two years and ended in spring 2014. During the project, a total of 81,000 items and other materials representative of the Art Nouveau style were digitised for the Europeana database. The project included 24 operators from different parts of Europe, most of them museums. At the National Museum of Finland, the project involved the digitalisation of items from and photographs of the original decor and furnishings of the national romantic Hvitträsk villa, designed by architects Gesellius, Lindgren and Saarinen.

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Finland is preparing for the ratification of the Faro cultural heritage convention

The Faro Framework Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society, prepared on the initiative of the Council of Europe, highlights the citizens' rights and responsibilities to a diverse cultural heritage in everyday life. The convention emphasizes the importance of cultural heritage as an enricher of modern life and the future. It also encourages individual citizens, as well as communities and the authorities, to engage in more active interaction. The National Board of Antiquities and the Finnish Local Heritage Federation are currently preparing the ratification of the convention in Finland.

Finland invites citizens to discuss the value of cultural heritage for society (Council of Europe, News)
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The library reading corner offers a peaceful place to read. Photo by Soile Tirilä, National Board of Antiquities


The National Board of Antiquities' Archives and Information Services Department to adopt extended opening hours on Thursdays

The customer services of the National Board of Antiquities' library, archive, and picture collections have launched a trial for extended opening hours. From March to May 2014, the department's customer services will be open until 6 pm on Thursdays. During the extended opening hours from 4 pm to 6 pm, customers can use the library's open collections and borrow and return materials. Customers can also make use of the archive and picture collections' shared customer service space, where they can inspect ordered archive and picture materials in advance, and submit orders for materials and pictures. Storage pick-ups will not be carried out in the evenings.
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The swordsman found in the ancient grave in Janakkala died in the Middle Ages

In October 2013, researchers from the National Board of Antiquities found an ancient grave in Janakkala. The grave was first reported to the Board by history enthusiasts who stumbled upon the site and items while searching a local field using metal detectors. The carbon dating results of the grave have now come in, and according to samples taken from the hand bones of the deceased, the person buried in the grave died around 1300 AD. The structure of the person's skull indicates that he was male. The grave also contained items from two historical time periods.

The grave contained an almost 120 cm long sword from the time of the crusades (pictured on the left), which was resting below another sword from the Viking Age. Photo by Janne Rantanen, National Board of Antiquities
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Finland elected as member of the Unesco World Heritage Committee

Finland was elected as member of the Unesco World Heritage Committee at the election held in Paris on 19 November. The election was attended by the State Parties to the World Heritage Convention, a total of 190 countries. 12 members were elected to the committee. Finland's term of office as the member of the committee is four years. In the future, Finland's representatives in the Unesco World Heritage Committee are Juhani Kostet, Director General of the National Board of Antiquities, and Rauno Väisänen, Director of Natural Heritage Services at Metsähallitus.

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Крепость Олавинлинна

Olavinlinna Castle's website in Russian has been launched. Welcome.
Открылась веб-страница крепости Олавинлинна на русском языке. Добро пожаловать.


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Collections of Finnish museums with a single search.


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The web service for the National Board of Antiquities' picture collections. The service is in Finnish.

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