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Archaeologists Dig Rock (Festival)

A team of archaeologists from the Universities of Helsinki and Oulu will be exploring the recent cultural past and present at Finland's largest international rock festival, Provinssirock, in Seinäjoki this coming weekend.

Image: Pasi Takkunen / YLE

Along with the bands and the crowds at the 32nd Provinssirock festival this weekend, there will be scientists with shovels, trowels, collection bags and notepads.

Seeking to document the recent past, the team will be interviewing festival-goers, but also doing what archaeologists are best known for - digging for artefacts.

"We are most interested in finding out if there are special gathering places at the festival site. In addition to the camping ground, we want to examine if there are areas that have been functionally separate, where people have gathered to socialize and to eat," explains archaeology doctoral candidate Tiina Äikäs of the University of Oulu.

Äikäs also says that festival organizers have been keen about the project.

"What makes the festival area interesting is that year after year it has been the site of activities that are quite different from the park's use during the rest of the year."

Archaeologists have done relatively little work in Finland on present-day sites. The dig at Provinssirock is expected to open up new perspectives on human behaviours at areas set aside for celebration, and to provide information on the physical culture related to rock music festivals.

In addition, festival-goers will have the chance to watch archaeologists at work. The scientist will all be wearing bright orange shirts so that they can be easily recognized.

Provinssirock is being held June 18th to June 20th at Seinäjoki's Törnävä Festival Park.

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