November 28, 2022

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Pukkisaari in Helsinki, Finland

Though very few wooden structures from the Iron Age have survived in Finland, at this site you can see what a trading village from that time might have looked like. It is situated on Pukkisaari, a tiny island in Seurasaarenselkä Bay in Helsinki.

The village was built in 1999 by Sommelo ry, a non-profit organization dedicated to the research of Finnish Iron Age history. It is a faithful reproduction of a typical trading settlement from the first millennia. The buildings on Pukkisaari are not restorations of specific buildings that once stood here, but rather representations of the construction techniques used in Finland and nearby areas at the end of the Iron Age. There is a large house with a central stove, a small cooking hut made out of thin spruce logs, a workshop, and more. 

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