Bird is the Word

The Trashmen 1963

Oula Seitsonen


Archaeology, heritáge, geography and other stuff.

50 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 919 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 101 citations. The author has a h-index of 16.00. (Google Scholar)


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 project Domestication in Action, wondering about the domestication of reindeer in Sápmi from a landscape perspective. My other ongoing research deals with pastoralism in Mongolia, the Finnish Winter War (1939-1940) heritage, developing geophysical and remote sensing methods to locate clandestine Second World War mass graves, and archaeological applications of the airborne laser scanning (LiDAR) data.

Research interests

  • Archaeological GIS
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Conflict Archaeology
  • Pastoralism
  • Northern Fennoscandia
  • Mongolia
  • East Africa

Social media

Professional and community activities

  • Finnish Association for Forensic Archaeology and Anthropology, President
  • Journal of Conflict Archaeology: Member of the editorial board
  • Remote Sensing: Member of the topic editorial board

Research groups

  • Postdoctoral researcher, Domestication in Action-Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction
  • Postdoctoral researcher, Automatic detection of archaeological sites in airborne laser scanning data

Selected publications

  • Seitsonen, Oula (2021) Archaeologies of Hitler’s Arctic War : Heritage of the Second World War German Military Presence in Finnish Lapland. - Material Culture and Modern Conflict. London. [Original]
  • Stephens, Lucas; Fuller, Dorian; Boivin, Nicole; Rick, Torben; Gauthier, Nicolas; Kay, Andrea; Marwick, Ben; Armstrong, Chelsey Geralda Denise; Barton, C. Michael; Denham, Tim; Douglass, Kristina; Driver, Jonathan; Janz, Lisa; Roberts, Patrick; Rogers, J. Daniel; Thakar, Heather; Altaweel, Mark; Johnson, Amber L.; Sampietro Vattuone, Maria Marta; Aldenderfer, Mark (2019) Archaeological assessment reveals Earth's early transformation through land use. - Science 365 (6456), 897-+ . [Original]
  • Risbøl,Ole; Langhammer, Daniel; Schlosser Mauritsen,Esben; Seitsonen, Oula (2020) Employment, Utilization, and Development of Airborne Laser Scanning in Fenno-Scandinavian Archaeology–a Review. - Remote sensing 12 (9), 1411 . [Original] [Self-archived]
  • Seitsonen Oula (2020) Ruttoa ylätunturissa? Saamelaisten poronhoitokohteiden ajoittuminen Enontekiön Yliperällä. - Skas 4, -
  • Peuramaki-Brown, Meaghan M.; Morton, Shawn G.; Seitsonen, Oula; Sims, Chris; Blaine, Dave (2020) 2020 Grand Challenge No. 3: Digital Archaeology. Technology-Enabled Learning in Archaeology. - Journal of archaeology and education 4 (3), 1-36, 4 . [Original]
  • Herva, Vesa-Pekka; Seitsonen, Oula (2020) The haunting and blessing of Kankiniemi : coping with the ghosts of the Second World War in northernmost Finland (Photo essay). Entangled beliefs and rituals : religion in Finland and Sápmi from Stone Age to contemporary times. Äikäs ,Tiina; Lipkin, Sanna. - Monographs of the archaeological society of finland 8. Helsinki. 225-235. [Original]


Domestication in Action: Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction

The aim of the research is to create new methods and concepts for identification and interpretation of reindeer domestication among the Sámi of nor

Automatic detection of archaeological sites in airborne laser scanning data

The aim of the LIDARK project is to study how new, high-resolution airborne laser scanning data can be