Sammallahdenmäki archaeological site is located in Rauma in Lower Satakunta. It is an exceptionally valuable monument from the Bronze Age. The site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1999.
- The site consists of 36 stone burial cairns forming a kilometre-long chain of clusters along a sizable outcrop of bedrock. The complex presents a good sample of the different kinds of burial cairns used during the Bronze Age: low and round small cairns, large mound-like cairns, and round cairns with stone circles. Towards the west, one can catch a glimpse of reedy Lake Saarnijärvi, which was still an arm of the sea in the Bronze Age.
- The best-known archaeological features of Sammallahdenmäki are the wall-like “Long Ruin of Huilu” and the quadrangular “Church Floor”. The “Long Ruin” is one of the most imposing and majestic burial monuments in Satakunta, measuring some 24 metres long by 8 metres wide. The “Church Floor” is unique in Finland and in all of Scandinavia. It is a stone structure that resembles a flat floor and measures roughly 19 x 18 metres square.
How to get there?
- Sammallahdenmäki can be entered freely. Signs guide visitors to the site from highways 12 and 8 and from road 2070.
- Accessing the site is easy with your own car, and for groups with a charter coach. Both parking places are suitable for coaches. For groups travelling with a coach, the recommended way to visit the site is for the coach to leave the group at either one of the parking places and pick the group up at the other parking place. Public transportation does not reach the site at the moment. The closest bus stop is at the centre of Lappi village, which is 4.5 km from the Southern information point.
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World Heritage in Finland
- Unesco approved the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 1972. The World Heritage Convention is a global decision to promote the treasuring and preservation of unique cultural and natural heritage for future generations. In Finland there is seven World Heritage sites.