A military camp in the middle of nowhere: mobilities, dislocation and the archaeology of a Second World War German military base in Finnish Lapland

Oula Seitsonen, Vesa-Pekka Herva, Kerkko Nordqvist, Sanna Seitsonen, Anu Herva

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This article discusses military mobilities and encampment, and associated themes such as dislocation and displacement of people, through the case of a Second World War German military camp in Finnish Lapland. The article describes the camp and its archaeological research and discusses various aspects of the camp and camp life in its particular subarctic ‘wilderness’ setting, framing the discussion within the themes of mobilities and dislocations, and especially their multiple impacts on the German troops and their multinational prisoners-of-war based in the camp. A particular emphasis is put on how mobilities and dislocation – in effect ‘being stuck’ in a northern wilderness – were intertwined and how the inhabitants of the camp coped with the situation, as well as how this is reflected in the different features of the camp itself and the archaeological material that the fieldwork produced.
Keywords: Conflict archaeology, Second World War, mobility, German, Prisoner of War, Lapland, Finland
Translated title of the contributionSotilasleiri keskellä ei mitään: liikkuminen, epäjärjestys ja arkeologia toisen maailmansodan aikaisessa saksalaisessa tukikohdassa Suomen Lapissa
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of conflict archaeology
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 615 History and Archaeology

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