The living legacy of Ari Siiriäinen: Six decades of Finnish archaeological research on the African continent


  • Oula Seitsonen


Archaeological work on the African continent carried out by the researchers from the University of Helsinki has been an important part of the research output of the department of archaeology in the late-20th and early-21st centuries. This has been closely intertwined to the lifework of late professor Ari Siiriäinen (1939–2004). In this chapter, I review the research carried out in Africa by Finnish archaeologists, virtually all originating from the University of Helsinki, and the importance and future prospects of this work.