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Welcome to beautiful Bartsgårda in the Åland Islands! This is where our archaeology BA students got to practice their archaeology skills for real this year. 🤩 The teaching excavations are a mandatory part of BA studies in archaeology. Every summer our first year students get to participate in an excavation to learn the basic skills they will need for doing archaeological fieldwork.⛏ This year we took them to the Åland islands to excavate an Iron Age settlement site. This site has already yielded some nice finds, like beads brought to the island from far away. The students’ tasks ranged from excavating with trowels, the basic tool of the trade, to sieving all the soil, to documenting all the findings and planning the next steps of the excavation. Every morning of the teaching excavations started with discussing what could be seen in the trench and what should be the next step to best study what was there.🤔 Excavations usually take place in the middle of nature, and sometimes you get surprising guests who really want to check your equipment.  properly documented. Our archaeology students’ education includes a lot of different skills and tools to prepare them for work life.🤓 Excavations usually take place in the middle of nature, and sometimes you get surprising guests who really want to check your equipment. 😍