Photo: Bertel Nordenstreng on patrol, probably in the waters of Hitis (Hiittinen). Photographer unknown. Photo by courtesy of Mr Kaarle Nordenstreng.

Hanko 1941

This page is about the scientific  conflict and battlefield archaeology project "Hanko 1941" (2018-2025) in Hanko S. Finland.


The project surveys, documents and excavates remains on both sides of the conflict on the Hanko front 22.6-2.12.1941. 

Behind the frontlines the civilian population faced the horrors of war through prisoner of war camps, in military hospitals and morgues for the fallen soldiers. These rapidly vanishing memories and structures are also documented by the project.


All photos marked "photo Hanko 1941 project" may not be copied or distributed without permission.

Students from Hanko during conflict archaeology class. Photo Jan Fast "Hanko 1941" project.

WW2 Battlefield -and Conflict Archaeology Excavations


July 13.07-17.07.2020 and 20.07-24.07.2020


August 31.08-04.09.2020

Safe conflict archaeology excavations will be arranged at the Hanko Front Museum in co-operation with Hangö Sommaruni in 2020. We speak English, Finnish and Swedish during the excavation.


This year we also offer daily  lectures (safety issues, forensic archaeology and mapping and suveying techniques) and a battlefield archaeology field trip to the participants. 

Price only 20 euros/5 days (but you can participate for as many days as you want). No previous knowledge of archaeology is required in order to participate.


Pedagogic WW2 Conflict Archaeology for Schools

WW2 Conflict archaeology is an important educational tool in order to get a better understanding of the catastrophic and devastating effects of war for the individual and the community as a whole.


We are happy to share our knowledge and work with schools and schoolchildren to increase the knowledge of the traces of war in the immediate surroundings of schools in Uusimaa.

Contact us via at for more information about our educational packages.

LECTURE at Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova


Wednesday 13.5.2020 klo 17.15 - 18.15


MA Jan Fast, University of Helsinki

"The search, documentation  and repatriation of war dead as part of the Hanko 1941 project 2019-2025.

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Finnish troops attacking a Soviet held island in the Hanko archipelago in the summer of 1941. Photo SA-Kuva.

© 2020 by MA Jan Fast 

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