Our teaching ranges thematically from archaeological theory and methods, to more practical, lab- and fieldwork orientated courses, and to specializing units such as in environmental and scientific archaeology. Whenever possible, our teaching is team-taught, interdisciplinary, and close to latest research results.
Interested in an overview of our current teaching courses in Archaeology at the University of Helsinki? See the list of courses below, or go to the SISU system and enter either "Arkeologia" or "Archaeology" or "Arkeologi" in the search function.
As a student in our program at the University of Helsinki, you will gain all the knowledge you will need for a future career in archaeology. You will be able to participate in a variety of courses. As a first-year student you will also participate in our student excavations and learn all the techniques needed for archaeological field work.
As a discipline, archaeology can be combined with almost any other discipline, from natural sciences to geology, art history, religious studies and just about anything beyond that. In our five-year program you will find your specific area of interest and gain complete well-rounded knowledge within the fields of both theoretical and field archaeology. Exclusively, as an archaeology student in the University of Helsinki, you will have the opportunity to participate in our field work projects in Finland and abroad. In previous years, field work abroad has taken place in Romania, Bulgaria, Jordan, Russia, South America, and other regions around the world.
You can apply to become a student of archaeology in the yearly Yhteishaku! You can choose archaeology as your major after being accepted as student to the Programme of Cultural Studies.
Interested in more information about our program and our field work projects? Go to our Instagram and Facebook!
Fibula ry is the student association of archaeology at the University of Helsinki. Fibula promotes the interest of archaeology students and works as a link between students and the archaeology department staff. Fibula organizes loads of fun and interesting events such as job-related panels, movie nights, study with us -sessions, sports events, picnics, game nights, and much more! Fibula also organizes archaeology-based excursions in Finland and abroad. We’re all about giving unique experiences for our members, helping students in their studies and creating connections between students, staff and alumni.
The whole board of Fibula is happy to answer any questions when it comes to archaeology at the University of Helsinki! You can find our website here, and you can also drop us an email at fibula-hallitus(at)helsinki.fi.
Below is a list of courses planned for the academic year 2021-22, arranged according to the teaching period (I-IV) and updated on 1 Sep 2021. Some changes may occur in the course of the year.
|Arkeologian perusteet / Introduction to Archaeology||I||KUKA-AR211||BA||Finnish/English||Mika Lavento, Volker Heyd, Kristin Ilves, Eeva-Maria Viitanen|
|Arkeologinen dokumentointi / Archaeological Documentation||I-II||KUKA-AR217||BA||Finnish||
Tuuli Heinonen, Johanna Roiha
|Arkeologiset kenttätyömenetelmät / Archaeological Field Work Methods||I-II||KUKA-AR219||BA||Finnish/English||
Tuuli Heinonen, Kristin Ilves
|Proseminaari / Proseminar||I-IV||KUKA-AR225||BA||Finnish||Antti Lahelma|
|Seminaari / Seminar||I-IV||KUMA-AR318||MA||Finnish||Mika Lavento|
|Arkeologiset analyysimenetelmät / Archaeological Analysis Methods||II||KUKA-AR213||BA||FInnish/English||Mika Lavento and others|
|Eläinbioarkeologia kivikaudelta nykypäivään||II||KUMA-AR503||MA||Finnish||
Kristiina Mannermaa, Tuija Kirkinen
|Human - Environment Interactions in Maritime Spaces||II||KUMA-AR511||MA||English||Kristin Ilves, Veronica Walker Vadillo|
|Issues in Maritime Archaeology - Past and Present: PART 1||II||KUMA-AR512||MA||English||Kristin Ilves|
|Material culture of the ancient Near East||II-III||KUMA-AR311a/b||MA||English||Marta Lorenzon, Saana Svärd and others|
|Arkeologiset aineistot / Archaeological Data||III||KUKA-AR215||BA||Finnish||Antti Lahelma and others|
|The Prehistory of Europe||III||KUMA-AR311a||MA||English||Volker Heyd|
|Archaeological survey / Arkeologinen inventointi||III-IV||KUMA-AR315||MA||Finnish||Tuuli Heinonen,
Johanna Roiha, Antti Lahelma, Elisabeth Holmqvist
|Kaivausprojekti / Excavation project||III-IV||KUMA-AR316||MA||Finnish||Tuuli Heinonen|
|Archaeology international||IV||KUMA-AR311b||MA||English||Kristin Ilves and others|
|Spatial Analysis and Data Exploration in History and Archaeology||IV||KUMA-AR311a/b||MA||English||Eljas Oksanen|
|Opetuskaivaus / Training Excavation||August, exact dates tbc||KUKA-AR220||BA||Finnish/English||Kristin Ilves, Tuuli Heinonen, Antti Lahelma, Elisabeth Holmqvist|
Most archaeology courses can be done in the order you choose, but there are some general guidelines that are good to observe: