Posted by: Marte Spangen | August 31, 2013

With a little help from my friends – digging by Geaimmejávri

The crew well into the dig in the area previously investigated by Vorren. From left: Siiri Tolonen, Anni-Helena Routsala, and Synnøve Thingnæs

The team well into excavating an area previously investigated by Vorren. From left: Siiri Tolonen, Anni-Helena Routsala, and Synnøve Thingnæs

The first week of my excavations has now come to an end, and I am happy to report that it went rather well. This first investigation took place in the stone structure by lake Geaimmejávri in the mountain area of Karasjok, Finnmark.

The excavation was very limited and mainly concentrated on areas previously opened by Ørnulv Vorren in the 1970s. However, with new efficient methods and approaches we were able to uncover and document more finds, as well as get a better picture of the lay out of the circle and the stone features inside it.

Synnøve and Siiri carefully retrieves a mass of humus soil and bones

Synnøve and Siiri carefully retrieves a mass of humus soil and bones

Among the finds were a range of animal bones of very diverse origin, various pieces of wood, and somewhat surprisingly a very small lead bullet. The last object fits badly with the previous dating of a piece of wood from this site to the High Middle Ages, but in this rocky terrain, several of the finds may very well have fallen down in between the stones a long time after the site was constructed. The bullet may also have been moved from the surface and further down into the ground during the 1970s investigation.

On the other hand, it could indicate a younger date for the use of this site than previously assumed, and perhaps varying use over time. To establish a time frame, a selection of the other finds from different layers and places within the stone structure will have to be C14 dated. The bullet will also be analyzed to date it and specify its origin and function. All in all the excavation is likely to give very interesting results.

I have to take this opportunity to praise my fantastic crew on this dig, archaeologists Anni-Helena Routsala, Siiri Tolonen, and Synnøve Thingnæs. Their contribution to everything from actual lifting of stones to technical problem solving and fruitful discussions was indispensable. Thank you so much, guys!

Happy diggers in front of the accommodation and transportation provided by the very helpful hosts at the Ravnastua mountain cabin. Photographer: O. Eriksen

Happy diggers in front of the accommodation and means of transportation provided by the very helpful hosts at the Ravnastua mountain cabin. From left: Synnøve Thingnæs, Anni-Helena Routsala, Siiri Tolonen, and Marte Spangen. Photographer: O. Eriksen


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