Helsinki Archaeology Seminar is the University of Helsinki’s venue for scientific lectures in archaeology and from allied disciplines, inviting speakers from Helsinki, elsewhere in Finland, and internationally. During term time lectures typically take place at 16.15 on the last Friday of the month, in Topelia at Unioninkatu 38. All interested in archaeology are warmly welcomed!

Autumn/Winter 2022 Programme

Please note that due to ongoing building works at Topelia, all lectures are in the D-block until further notice.


Friday 23.09 at 16.15, room D112 Topelia             

Georg Haggrén (University of Turku): Historical archaeology in Sweden and Finland – experiences from the Middle Ages and the early modern era.


Friday 28.10 at 16.15, room D112 Topelia

Axel Palmer (Leiden University): The European precursors of the Indo-Iranians: Linguistic evidence for a connection between the Sintashta and Fatyanovo-Balanovo cultures in the 3rd millennium BCE

This lecture is hybrid, you can also join us via Zoom at


Friday 25.11 at 16.15, room D112 Topelia

Minerva Piha (Nord University): Language politics in Saami archaeological research: A case study from three archaeological journals

This lecture is hybrid, you can also join us via Zoom at


All are also warmly invited to attend the University of Helsinki’s Archaeology Afternoon on Friday 09.12 at 13.00-15.00, to be held in Tiedekulma at Yliopistonkatu 4. This is a public event, on-site and via the Tiedekulma stream, aimed at everyone interested in learning about archaeology. This year’s theme will the university’s fieldwork projects in 2022 with several short presentations by staff, researchers and students on exciting new discoveries. We travel from Jordania through the Åland Islands to sites in different corners of continental Finland. You can follow the talks and ask questions on site or remotely through the Unitube streaming services. The presentations are in Finnish and Swedish, but questions and comments are also welcome in English.

Warm welcome to all!

Location: Think Corner, University of Helsinki (Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki)



13.00–13.10   Avaus

13.10–13.30   Antti Lahelma: Imperiumien takapihalla: inventointia ja kaivauksia Pohjois-Jordaniassa vuonna 2022

13.30–13.50   Satu Koivisto & Wesa Perttola: Muistatko kun kanavia oli vain yksi? Monikanavaisen 3D-maatutkalaitteiston pilotointi ja havaintojen koekuopitus Karjaan Lepinjärvellä

13.50–14.10   Kristin Ilves: Tre åländska järnåldershus under luppen – det dagliga livet, handeln och kulten i Bartsgårda

14.10–14.30   Maria Ronkainen & Meri Leppäsalko: Kummat kummut: hauta- vai raivausröykkiöitä tutkimassa Bartsgårdassa, Ahvenanmaalla

14.30–14.50   Ulla Moilanen: Karhunkallopuut arkeologisina kohteina

14.50–15.00   Loppusanat