Mikael Manninen

MA, archaeology (University of Helsinki, 2003). Ph.D. in archaeology (University of Helsinki). Member of the Finnish graduate school in archaeology 2006–2010.

Research interests

Hunter-gatherer archaeology, lithic technology, Mesolithic Stone Age, northern Fennoscandia, Saami archaeology, experimental archaeology, quartz technology.

Selected publications

  • Hertell, E. & Manninen, M. A. 2006: House-pit formation processes – a preliminary assessment of pit 4 at Rävåsen, southern Ostrobothnia, Finland. In: Herva, V.-P. (ed.) People, Material Culture and Environment in the North. Proceedings from the Nordic Archaeology Conference 2004, Oulu, Finland. Studia humaniora ouluensia 1. (183–197)HTTP://HERKULES.OULU.FI/ISBN9514281411/ISBN9514281411.PDF
  • Kriiska, A., Hertell, E. & Manninen, M. A. in press. Stone Age Flint Technology in South-western Estonia - Results from the Pärnu Bay Area. In Rankama, T. (ed.) Mesolithic Interfaces - Variability in Lithic Technologies in Eastern Fennoscandia. Helsinki.
  • Manninen, M. A. 2009: Evidence of mobility between the coast and the inland region in the Mesolithic of Northern Fennoscandia. In: McCartan, S. B., Schulting, R., Warren, G. & Woodman, P. (eds.) Mesolithic Horizons. Proceedings of the seventh international conference on 'The Mesolithic in Europe' (Meso 2005). Part I. Oxbow Books. (102–08)
  • Manninen, M. A. 2007: Non-Flint Pseudo-Lithics: Some Considerations. Fennoscandia archaeologica XXIV. (76–83).
  • Manninen, M. A. & Knutsson, K. in press.:  Northern Inland Oblique Point Sites - a New Look into the Late Mesolithic Oblique Point Tradition in Eastern Fennoscandia. In Rankama, T. (ed.)Mesolithic Interfaces - Variability in Lithic Technologies in Eastern Fennoscandia. Helsinki.
  • Manninen, M. A. & Valtonen, T. 2006: Research of the Báišduottar – Paistunturi project in Northern Finnish Lapland 1997–2004. In: Herva, V.-P. (ed.) People, Material Culture and Environment in the North. Proceedings from the Nordic Archaeology Conference 2004, Oulu, Finland. Studia humaniora ouluensia 1. (52–63)HTTP://HERKULES.OULU.FI/ISBN9514281411/ISBN9514281411.PDF 
  • Rankama, T., Manninen, M. A., Hertell, E. & Tallavaara, M. 2006: Simple Production and Social Strategies - Do they Meet? In: Apel, J. & Knutsson, K. (eds.) Skilled production and Social reproduction. Aspects of Traditional Stone-Tool Technologies. Proceedings of a Symposium in Uppsala, August 20–24, 2003. SAU Stone Studies 2. (245–261)HTTP://WWW.SAU.SE/FILARKIV/RAPPORTER/SKILLED_PRODUCTION.PDF
  • Tallavaara, M., Manninen, M. A., Hertell, E. & Rankama, T. in press. How flakes shatter:  a critical evaluation of quartz fracture analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science(doi:10.1016/j.jas.2010.05.005).

Map 1. Main area of focus in North Karelia.

A long-term research agenda has been devised to study the dynamics of the colonisation process in eastern Finland, i.e., the time-scale and tempo of the process in the study area, the technological, social, and spatial organisation, and the selection and use of resources by early postglacial hunter-gatherers. This is achieved through analyses of existing assemblages in museum collections as well as new complementing fieldwork in eastern Finland with special focus on the area surrounding Lake Pielinen.  The fieldwork consists of intensive surveys on selected target areas, and excavation of sites located in the surveys. Together with existing data these provide the major database of the project.

Project fieldwork in 2010

  • Excavation at the Rahakangas site in Eno, North Karelia, Finland. August 2010 (Petro Pesonen, Financed by Carelian Culture Foundation)
  • Survey on the eastern shores of ancient Lake Pielinen, North Karelia, Finland. September 2010. (Esa Hertell, Mikael A. Manninen, Petro Pesonen, Miikka Tallavaara. Financed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation)

Some relevant publications by the project members:

  • Hertell, E. & Manninen, M. A. 2006. Lisiä tietoihin Pohjois-Karjalan säleistä ja säle-esineistöstä. Muinaistutkija 1/2006, 38–48. (Blade finds in northern Karelia)
  • Hertell, E. & Tallavaara, M. in press. High mobility or gift exchange – Early Mesolithic exotic chipped lithics in southern Finland. In: Rankama, T. (ed.) Mesolithic Interfaces - Variability in Lithic Technologies in Eastern Fennoscandia. Helsinki.
  • Kriiska, A., Hertell, E. & Manninen, M. A. in press. Stone Age Flint Technology in South-western Estonia - Results from the Pärnu Bay Area. In: Rankama, T. (ed.) Mesolithic Interfaces - Variability in Lithic Technologies in Eastern Fennoscandia. Helsinki.
  • Pesonen, P. 2005. Sarvingin salaisuus – Enon Rahakankaan varhaismesoliittinen ajoitus. Muinaistutkija 2/2005, 2–13. (Early Mesolithic radiocarbon dates in northern Karelia and beyond)