There was a flourishing village culture in Kierikki about 5000–3000 BCE. The remains of Stone Age villages of different ages form a series of settlements in the area, spanning over two thousand years.

The first known mention of the ancient structures found in Kierikki was made in the 19th century. When the Iijoki river power station constructions started in the 1960, thousands of Stone Age objects were discovered from the archaeological excavations in the area.

In the 1990’s Kierikki was re-examined more extensively. During the research, dozens of formerly unknown dwelling depressions, i.e., evidence of the Stone Age house structures, were located and wooden fishing equipment, dating back to the Stone Age, were discovered from Purkajasuo bog. Archaeological excavations and data gathering have been continuing up until the recent years.

The finest objects and artifacts of the excavations are on display in the archaeological exhibition in Kierikki.

Researching the Stone Age

How is the Stone Age being researched? What are the specific characteristics and what information can be obtained? What are the interpretations based on?

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Kierikki in the Stone Age

In the Stone Age, Kierikki was home to a populous, year-round community of villagers who traded and carried out extensive building projects.

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