About Hanko 1941

About the project

Hanko 1941 is a scientific WW2 conflict archaeology project (2018 -2025) that surveys, documents and excavates remains and battlefield locations from 1941 in Hanko S. Finland.

We work in close association with Sotavainajien Muiston Vaalimisyhdistys r.y. The Russian Embassy in Finland, Hangö Sommaruni, Hanko Museum and Hanko Front Museum. 

We report our research results to the Finnish Heritage Agency.

Conflict archaeology team

Archaeologist MA, Jan Fast

(Helsinki University)

I´m Jan, a field archaeologist since the mid

80´s. I work on my doctoral dissertation about the German WW2 transition camp in Hanko 1942-1944.

I´m the project manager of the "Hanko 1941" project.

Senior assistant researcher, archaeologist MA, Teemu Väisänen (University of Helsinki). 

I'm Teemu Väisänen, an aspiring field archaeologist from the University of Helsinki. I've been involved in the conflict archaeology in Hanko since 2016. Over the years, my tasks have included not only field work and surveys, but also archival work, GIS-based spatial analysis and geophysical prospecting. Besides working in Hanko, I'm currently leading a research project regarding the war history of Satakunta region, including the Luftwaffe Airfield operating in Pori 1941-1944.

Assistsant researcher, archaeology student BA, Fanny Fagerholm

(UppsalaUniversity - Campus Gotland)

I'm Fanny, a 23 year old BA. In my thesis I studied the conflict archaeology and everyday life of the German soldiers in the German transition Camp in Hanko Tulliniemi 1942-1944.


I study osteology at Uppsala University - Campus Gotland"

Assistant researcher archaeology student BA, Heidi Lamminsivu (Turku University)

I’m Heidi, an archaeology student from the University of Turku. At the moment I write my masters degree.  I work as an assistant researcher in the "Hanko 1941" project since 2018 and I love this!

Metal detectorist specialist Lasse Nyman, 

(SME-Finnish Metal Detecting Association)

My name is Lasse, I´m the Chairman of the Finnish Metal Detecting Association (Suomen Metallinetsijät ry).

I’ve been working with Jan Fast in the Durchgangslager Hanko - project since 2015. Trying to locate new areas for the archaeologists to excavate. I also work for the Association for Cherishing the Memory of the Dead of the War where my work is searching and bringing back remains of Finnish soldiers from the battlefields currently located in Russia and near the Eastern border of Finland. You will also find me in auditoriums talking about the laws and ethics of metal detecting.

Conservation, Jarno Huusko

(Metropolia, University of Applied Sciences)

Hi I´m Jarno. In 2016 I was carefully pondering whether I should pursue a career in archaeology or one in conservation. I opted for the latter and have not looked back. Now, as I near the end of my studies as an objects conservator, I am happy to note that in a way I've managed to combine these two fields as a member in the Hanko 1941 project.

Mapping, Aleksi Rikkinen

(Helsinki University Geosciences and Geography)

 I’m Aleksi, a 26 year old geography student from Helsinki. My studies and interests include cartography, remote sensing and military history. In the scope of Hanko 1941-project, my focus is especially in field mapping of military historical sites using laser scanning, drones and novel GNSS-methods. 


Apart from the Hanko 1941 project, I am conducting field mapping on the German WWII “Sturmbock”-defence position in North-Western Finnish Lapland.

Local expertise and recording the human sories of the conflict, Johanna Pakola

(Non-Fiction writer)

I'm Johanna, I have been researching the history of the naval artillery, the naval fortresses and the history of the Finnish archipelago for twenty years. As part of my work I collect memory history and conduct archive research in the archives of Finland and Russia.


I am a member of the advisory board of  Sotavainajien Muiston Vaalimisyhdistys and a member of the board of The Association for Military History in Finland. I´m the cairwoman of  Rannikkotykistön Perinneyhdistys.

I`m Elisa Melasniemi and currently studying archaeology at the open university in Turku.

At the moment I´m finishing my thesis about the scientific exhumation of war dead.


I participated in the Hanko 1941- project and the Tvärminne excavations in 2019.


I find the project really intresting and

feel priviledged to be part of it.

Research assistant, archaeology student 

 Elisa Melasniemi

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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