Oula Seitsonen

Postdoctoral researcher
Archaeology, heritáge, geography and other stuff.

History, Culture and Communications
Faculty of Humanities

I am an archaeologist and geographer working as a postdoc at the University of Oulu. Through the years I have been occupied with whatever has paid my bills, e.g. the archaeology of pastoralist societies in Mongolia, East Africa and Fennoscandia, GIS and remote sensing applications in archaeology, and the past of Lapland’s wilderness areas. I have acted, for instance, as a field archaeologist, cartographer, surveying equipments salesman, and GIS engineer, for example in northern Siberia, Alaska, and Norway. I have been working since 2006 with the Second World War archaeologies and in my PhD I marveled the landscapes and materialities of Hitler's Arctic war, for instance, how the various communities have related, signified and engaged with those. At the moment I work in the Lidark project with the archaeological applications of the airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) data. My other ongoing research deals with pastoralism in Mongolia, the domestication of reindeer in Sápmi, the Finnish Second World War heritage, and developing geophysical and remote sensing methods to locate clandestine Second World War mass graves.

Research interests

  • Archaeological GIS
  • Conflict archaeology
  • Archaeologies of pastoralism
  • Contemporary archaeology

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