PEATS Finland – Stone Age Centre, Kierikki

Dates:  1st July – 1st August 2018
Number of UK Participants:  10 (9 spaces remaining
Duration: 32 days

The Kierikkikangas Stone Age Excavations are hosted by the Kierikki Stone Age Centre which has been running an international archaeological field school for several years. For more information, please visit their website.

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 km westwards. Five thousand years ago, the population was concentrated close to the coast in several 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. In 1993, archaeologists from the University of Oulu discovered the rich Kuuselankangas site, and a few years later the prehistoric wood deposits of Purkajasuo bog. Since then, the region has been the focus of continuing archaeological research under the combined auspices of the University of Oulu and the National Board of Antiquities.

The UK participants will be working alongside Finnish archaeologists on this interesting site. It is open to the public, so there will be a community archaeology element to the placement. 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 group will also be working in the village on reconstruction of buildings and other tasks. The village is located less than half a kilometre from the Stone Age Centre which will be open to visitors. Participants will be required to interact with tourists and site visitors as the wooden pathway to the Stone Age village goes through the site. Tour guides usually show visitors stone polishing or archery and there will be opportunities for participants to take part in some experimental archaeology, depending on skills, experience and interests. The group will also work on some of the reconstructed buildings in the village. Participants will also be taken on field trips in the surrounding area to visit different kinds of sites and monuments and visit Oulu University’s archaeology department and laboratory. To be confirmed – there might be an international living camp during the placement. If this has been confirmed, the group will be told on arrival.


The Erasmus + grant will cover accommodation, food (3 meals a day), return, flights, insurance, airport transfers in Finland, transport to site and supervision. Participants will have to make sure they have their EHI card and budget for personal purchases and excursions.

As with all our placements, participants are joining partner excavations. These are not UK led excavations. The group will be learning different methods and techniques that are used for this particular site, so must expect differences in how the site is run.

If you are interested in this placement, then the application form is available to download on the PEATS Archaeology main page.

For past participants feedback, please refer to our Participants Reports page.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission

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