joins World Heritage List
An archaeological site at Sammallahti in western Finland has been added to the Unesco list of World Heritage Sites. It is the first Finnish site of its kind to be added to the list. It contains 33 grave mounds dating from the Bronze Age (1500-500 BC). The dead were buried inside stone mounds, which could sometimes be quite large. Artefacts are rarely found in the mounds, but their interiors can contain various structures like stone circles or cists (Megalithic tombs) made of stone slabs.
The Finnish sites already on the Unesco list are the Old Rauma complex of wooden buildings, the Suomenlinna sea fortress off Helsinki, the old wooden church in Petäjävesi and the Verla Verla groundwood and cardboard mill.