Vesa-Pekka Herva



Vesa-Pekka Herva is Professor and Head of Archaeology. His research interests span from prehistoric to contemporary archaeology and heritage in north-eastern Europe. He has studied a range of topics from the dynamics of Neolithization in the boreal zone to early modern worldviews and uses of heritage in Lapland Christmas tourism.

Selected publications:

Herva, V.-P. and Lahelma, A. 2019. Northern Archaeologies and Cosmologies: A Relational View. Abingdon, Routledge.

More publications (selected)


35.     Herva, V.-P., Varnajot, A. and Pashkevich, A. 2020. Bad Santa: cultural heritage, mystification of the Arctic, and tourism as an extractive industry. The Polar Journal.

34.     Seitsonen, O., Herva, V.-P., Koponen, T. 2019. ‘Lapland’s Roadway’: German photography and experience of the European far North in the Second World War. Photography and Culture 12(1): 5-24.

33.     Nordqvist, K., Herva, V.-P., Sandell, S. 2019. Water and cosmology in the Stone Age of north-western Russia. Archaeology, Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia 47(1): 23-32.

32.     Sarkki, S., Heikkinen, H., Herva, V.-P. and Saarinen, J. 2018. Myths on local use of natural resources and social equity of land use governance: Reindeer herding in Finland. Land Use Policy 77: 322-331.

31.     Herva, V.-P., Ikäheimo, J., Enbuske, M. and Okkonen, J. 2018. Alternative pasts and colonial engagements in the North: the materiality and meanings of the Pajala ‘runestone’ (Vinsavaara stone), northern Sweden. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 28(4): 613-628.

30.     Mökkönen, T., Nordqvist, K. and Herva, V.-P. 2017. Beneath the surface of the world: high-quality quartzes, crystal cavities, and Neolithization in circumpolar Europe. Arctic Anthropology 54(2): 94-110.

29.     Seitsonen, O., Herva, V.-P., Nordqvist, K., Herva, A. and Seitsonen, S. 2017. A military camp in the middle of nowhere: mobilities, dislocation and the archaeology of a Second World War German military base in Finnish Lapland. Journal of Conflict Archaeology 12(1): 3-28.

28.     Seitsonen, O., Herva, V.-P. and Kunnari, M. 2017. Abandoned refugee vehicles ‘in the middle of nowhere’: reflections on the global refugee crisis from the northern margins of Europe (peer-reviewed photo essay). Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 3(2): 244-260.

27.     Herva, V.-P., Mökkönen, T. and Nordqvist, K. 2017. A northern Neolithic? Clay work, early cultivation and cultural transformations in the boreal zone of north-eastern Europe, c. 5300-3000 BC. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 36(1): 25-41.

26.     Sarkki, S., Komu, T., Heikkinen, H., Acosta García, N., Lépy, É. and Herva, V.-P. 2016. Applying a synthetic approach to the resilience of Finnish reindeer herding as a changing livelihood. Ecology and Society 21(4).

25.     Herva, V.-P., Koskinen-Koivisto, E., Thomas S. and Seitsonen, O. 2016. ‘I have better stuff at home’: treasure hunting and private collecting of World War II artefacts in Finnish Lapland. World Archaeology 48(2): 267-281.

24.     Thomas, S., Seitsonen, O. and Herva, V.-P. 2016. Nazi memorabilia, dark heritage and treasure hunting as ‘alternative’ tourism: understanding the fascination with the material remains of World War II in Northern Finland. Journal of Field Archaeology 41(3): 331–343.

23.     Herva, V.-P. and Nordin, J.M. 2015. Unearthing Atlantis and performing the past: ancient things, alternative histories and the present past in the Baroque world. Journal of Social Archaeology 15(1) 116-135.

22.     Herva, V.-P. 2014. Haunting heritage in an enchanted land: magic, materiality and Second World War German material heritage in Finnish Lapland. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology 1(2): 297–321.

21.     Herva, V.-P., Nordqvist, K., Lahelma, A. and Ikäheimo, J. 2014. Cultivation of perception and the emergence of the Neolithic world. Norwegian Archaeological Review 47(2): 141-160.

20.     Herva, V.-P. and Ylimaunu, T. 2014. Coastal cosmologies: long-term perspectives on the perception and understanding of dynamic coastal landscapes in the northern Baltic Sea region. Time and Mind: The Journal of Archaeology, Consciousness and Culture 7(2): 183-202.

19.     Mullins, P., Ylimaunu, T., Brooks, A., Kallio-Seppä, T., Kuorilehto, M., Nurmi, R., Oikarinen, T., Herva, V.-P. and Symonds, J. 2013. British ceramics on the northern European periphery: creamware marketing in 19th century Northern Finland. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 17(4): 632–650.

18.     Nordqvist, K. and Herva, V.-P., 2013. Copper use, cultural change and Neolithization in north-eastern Europe. European Journal of Archaeology 16(3): 401-432.

17.     Herva, V.-P., Ylimaunu, T. and Symonds, J. 2012. The urban landscape and iconography of early modern Tornio. Fennoscandia Archaeologica 29: 73–91.

16.     Herva, V.-P., Nurmi, R. and Symonds, J. 2012. Engaging with money in a northern periphery of early modern Europe. Journal of Social Archaeology 12(3): 287–309.

15.     Nordqvist, K., Herva, V.-P., Ikäheimo, J. and Lahelma, A. 2012. Early copper use in Neolithic north-eastern Europe: an overview. Estonian Journal of Archaeology 16(1): 3–25.

14.     Herva, V.-P. 2010. Buildings as persons: relationality and the life of buildings in a northern periphery of early modern Sweden. Antiquity 84: 440–452.

13.     Herva, V.-P. 2010. Maps and magic in Renaissance Europe. Journal of Material Culture 15(3): 323–343.

12.     Herva, V.-P., Nordqvist, K., Herva, A. and Ikäheimo, J. 2010. Daughters of magic: esoteric traditions, relational ontology and the archaeology of the post-medieval past. World Archaeology 42(4): 609–621.

11.     Herva, V.-P. and Salmi, A.-K. 2010. Engaging with sea and seals: environmental and human-animal relations on the northern coast of the early modern Gulf of Bothnia. Norwegian Archaeological Review 43(2): 115–127.

10.     Herva, V.-P. and Ylimaunu, T. 2010. What’s on the map? Reassessing the first urban map of Torneå and early map-making in Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of History 35(1): 86–107.

9.        Herva, V.-P. 2009. Living (with) things: material culture and relational ontology in early modern northern Finland. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 19(3): 388–397.

8.        Herva, V.-P. and Nurmi, R. 2009. Beyond consumption: functionality, artifact biography, and early modernity in a European periphery. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 13(2): 158–182.

7.        Herva, V.-P. and Ylimaunu, T. 2009. Folk beliefs, special deposits, and engagement with the environment in early modern northern Finland. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 28(2): 234–243.

6.        Herva, V.-P. 2006. Flower lovers, after all? Rethinking religion and human-environment relations in Minoan Crete. World Archaeology 38(4): 586–598.

5.        Herva, V.-P. 2006. Marvels of the system: art, perception and engagement with the environment in Minoan Crete. Archaeological Dialogues 13(2): 221–240.

4.        Herva, V.-P. and Ylimaunu, T. 2006. Posliiniastiat, varallisuus ja kuluttaja-käyttäytyminen 1700-luvun Torniossa (Porcelain cups, wealth and consumer behaviour in 18th century Tornio). Suomen Museo 112: 79–89.

3.        Herva, V.-P. 2005. The life of buildings: Minoan building deposits in an ecological perspective. Oxford Journal of Archaeology 24(3): 215–227.

2.        Herva, V.-P., Ikäheimo, J. and Hietala, M. 2004. Should the marginal be classified? The archaeology of Muhos Palokangas, northern Osthrobotnia (Finland). Acta Archaeologica 75(2): 15–25.

1.        Herva, V.-P. and Ikäheimo, J. 2002. Defusing dualism: mind, materiality and prehistoric art. Norwegian Archaeological Review 35(2): 95–108.