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Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 3000 B.C.
Date of Inscription: 1996
Location: Europe, Finland, Region of Satakunta, Province of Western Finland
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Description: Consisting of more than 30 granite burial cairns, this Bronze Age burial site offers a unique insight into northern European funerary practices and social and religious structures dating back more than three millennia. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Sammallahdenmäki is a Bronze age burial site in Finland near Lappi. It was designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1999, and includes 33 granite burial cairns dating back more than 3,000 years, to 1,500 to 500 BC. It is located on a hill in a remote area off the road between Tampere and Rauma. Originally, it was near the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia, but the land has risen so it is now 15 kilometers from the sea. It is one of the most important Bronze Age sites in Scandinavia. Four of the cairns were excavated by archaeologist Volter Högman in 1891, including Kirkonlaattia ("Church Floor"), an unusual rectangular cairn covering 16 x 19 metres with a flat top, and Huilun pitkä raunio ("long cairn of Huilu"), which is surrounded by an ancient stone wall. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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