Day of Archaeology in Rauma, Finland

This year the international Day of Archaeology in Finland was spent mainly only in Rauma, where Muuritutkimus celebrated the day with “open pits” – visitors were given the opportunity to explore normally restricted excavation site with guided tours.

Finds representing the mundane town life of Rauma in 19th and 18th centuries.

Finds representing the mundane town life of Rauma in 19th and 18th centuries.

In two hours ninety-four visitors got to see some finds and unearthed structures at the site. Excavation site is located in the centre of the wooden town of Rauma. Town center, which is called Old Rauma, is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Currently the excavation is on the 18-19th century cultural layers but we hope to reach the medieval layers later.

The people of Rauma are usually very interested in their history so it wasn’t a surprise when the visitors were mainly local. Local media was also interested in our day of archaeology event and presented it in newspapers and radio.

The event was successful – maybe the Pokemon GO – lures Muuritutkimus placed on nearby Pokestops played a part in the great number of visitors.