The Sujala Site in Utsjoki – Post-Swiderian in Northern Lapland?

Jarmo Kankaanpää, Tuija Rankama

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    The Sujala site consists of two small clusters of finds located by Lake Vetsijärvi in the borough of Utsjoki, northernmost Finnish Lapland. The finds consist primarily of artefacts and debitage produced by a macroblade industry utilizing tuffaceous chert. This lithic material is not native to the area and probably derives from the Varanger Peninsula in Norway, roughly 100km north of the site. The raw material may suggest a connection with the Preboreal Komsa Phase of the North Norwegian Finnmark Mesolithic, which is also characterized by a macroblade technology. However, the typological features of the Sujala arrowheads and certain characteristics of the blade technology suggest an origin in the Post-Swiderian cultures of northeastern Europe. Post-Swiderian sites are not previously known from Lapland. Radiocarbon dates place the site near the Preboreal/Boreal boundary.
    Keywords: Lapland, Post-Swiderian, blade technology, tanged points.
    Translated title of the contributionUtsjoen Sujalan asuinpaikka - jälkiswidryläistä kulttuuria Pohjois-Lapissa?
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMesolithic Horizons : Papers presented at the Seventh International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe, Belfast 2005
    EditorsSinéad McCartan, Rick Shulting, Graeme Warren, Peter Woodman
    Number of pages7
    Place of PublicationOxford
    PublisherOxbow Books
    Publication date2009
    Pages38 - 44
    ISBN (Print)978-1-84217-311-4
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventSeventh International Conference on the Mesolithic in Europe - Belfast
    Duration: 29 Aug 20052 Sep 2005
    Conference number: 7

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