Jari-Matti Kuusela


Research interests

I’m mostly interested in social structures of communities in the northern Baltic Sea region during the Metal Ages (1500 BC to 1300 AD). The chronological limitation of my research was mainly coincidence, and I’m not actually interested in any specific era; instead, I’m interested at a more general level in the dynamics between groups of people, the creation of group hierarchies and social capital, as well as their manipulation.

In my research, I use the principles of anthropological archaeology, and I always study archaeological data in a broad context.


Previous research projects

Sisämaa ja rannikko Pohjois-Suomen rautakauden löytöjen ja kohteiden valossa. Kone Foundation. Researcher, principal investigator J. Okkonen.



  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2014: “From coast to inland – activity zones in Northern Finland during the Iron Age” In Joonas Ahola, Frog & Clive Tolley (eds.) Fibula, Fabula, Fact. The Viking Age in Finland. 219-241. Studia Fennica Historica 18. SKS.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2013 Political Economy of Bronze- and Iron Age Societies in the Eastern Coast of the Bothnian Bay ca. 1500 BC–1300 AD. Väitöskirja. Oulun  yliopisto, 2013.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, Ikäheimo Janne, Hakamäki Ville, Vilkama Rosa & Salmi Anna-Kaisa, 2013 ”Suutarinniemi: The Late Iron Age/Early Medieval cemetery of Ii (Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland)”. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 30: 126–132.
  • Hakamäki Ville & Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2013. ”Examining the topography and social context of Metal Age artefact finds in Northern Finland”. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 30: 95–106.
  • Kuusela,Jari-Matti, 2012c ”Tools of lethal play – Weapon burials reflecting power structures and group cohesion during the Iron Age in Ostrobothnia, Finland”, (eds.) Berge, R., Jasinski, M., Sognnes, K., N-TAG TEN, the Proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009. BAR S2399, 275–289.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2012b: “Style as distinction – burials reflecting distinction and the development of social stratification of the Iron Age elites of Southern Ostrobothnia, Finland”, (eds.) Äikäs, T., Lipkin, S. & Salmi, A-K, Archaeology of Social Relations: Ten Case Studies by Finnish Archaeologists. Studia Humaniora Ouluensia 12. University of Oulu, 2011, 155–180.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2012a: ”The long road – Merovingian Period social elite of Ostrobothnia, viewed as result of a long-term social evolution”, (red.) Hemmendorf, O., Människor i vikingatidens Mittnorden. Föredrag vid de Mittnordiska Arkeologidagarna i Östersund 2010. Fornvårdaren 32, 157–168.
  • Herva Vesa-Pekka, Ikäheimo Janne, Kuusela Jari-Matti & Nordqvist Kerkko, 2012: ”Close encounters of the copper kind”, (eds.) Berge, R., Jasinski, M., Sognnes, K., N-TAG TEN, the Proceedings of the 10th Nordic TAG conference at Stiklestad, Norway 2009. BAR S2399, 109–115.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti & Tolonen Siiri, 2011 ”A Late Iron Age site from Siikajoki, Northern Ostrobothnia, Finland”, Fennoscandia Archaeologica 28, 78–84.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti & Vaneeckhout Samuel & Okkonen Jari, 2010: ”Places of importance and social communication: Studying the Pre-Roman cairn field of Viirikallio in Laihia, Finland”. Estonian Journal of Archaeology 14(1), 22–39.
  • Kuusela Jari-Matti, 2009: ”Masters of the burial grounds – elites, power and ritual during the Middle Iron Age in Vähäkyrö”, Fennoscandia Archaeologica 26, 39–52.


Last updated: 21.9.2017