Helsinki Archaeology Seminar

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 2023 Programme

Unless otherwise specified, lectures will take place in Arla Pro Lecture Room, F-block ground floor, Topelia, Unioninkatu 38, and will be hybrid. You can join us on via Zoom at


Friday 22.09 at 16.15

Vesa-Pekka Herva (University of Oulu): Weirding archaeology


Friday 27.10 at 16.15

Wesa Perttola (University of Helsinki): The Ship Is Laden With Rice and Salt: A Comparison of Two Sailing Models on an Early 17th Century Trade Route Between Java and Sumatra


Friday 01.12 at 16.15

Martin Furholt (Christian-Albrecht University of Kiel): Headless bodies in the ditch: Magic, ritual and social crisis in the late LBK of Slovakia, 5050 BCE

This lecture will be Zoom only.





Friday 27.01 at 16.15

Timo Salminen (University of Helsinki): International contacts of Finnish archaeologists before the Second World War


Friday 24.02 at 16.15

Jhonny Therus (Kalmar läns museum / Linnéuniversitetet): The supernatural landscape of Viking Age Sweden


Friday 31.03 at 16.15

Michael Lewis (The British Museum, Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki): Recording Archaeological Finds Made by the Public in England and Wales


Friday 28.04 at 16.15



Friday 26.05 at 16.15

Emma Brownlee (University of Cambridge): Untangling ‘local’ and ‘non-local’ display in death: migration and grave good use in early medieval England

Note: this lecture will be held remotely by Zoom only


Archaeology Afternoon on Friday 09.12 at 13.00-15.00

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


Programme 13.00-15.00


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

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

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

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



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