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Day 86

A stop at a Bronze Age burial site

semi-overcast 24 °C

This morning we left Rauma. We had a restful night in spite of the festival. Our fellow hotel guests were very quiet when they returned from their music festival.

We drove to the Sammallahdenmaki World Heritage Site. Archaeologists feel this area of about 36 hectares was inhabited from 1500 - 500 BC. There are about 30 burial sites. The findings show that bodies were cremated and then placed in pottery and covered in rocks. Some of the burial mounds did not produce human remains while others did. The archaeologists had the remains tested which gave the time frame that this area was occupied.

We felt that some of the caches had been opened and then closed again to give today's visitors the impression of what these sites might have looked like.

We had a nice walk in the woods wandering from one site to another. We did not visit all the sites.

Bronze Age burial cache

Bronze Age burial cache

Reproduced Bronze Age cremation site

Reproduced Bronze Age cremation site

Bronze age burial grounds

Bronze age burial grounds

We took a picture of what typical Finnish forest looks like.

Typical Finland forest

Typical Finland forest

Reta liked the puffy yet lacey moss that we found as we wandered through the woods.

Interesting moss

Interesting moss

Larger patch of moss

Larger patch of moss

Today we traveled through forest with rocks and lakes and then into an area similar to "parkland" Saskatchewan where agriculture is practised.

We found our apartment in the city of Espoo which is a suburb of Helsinki.

Posted by A-RPoulton 10:13 Archived in Finland

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