Flashbacks of a foreigner studying archaeology in 1970s Helsinki, or a Caribbean Islander in C.F. Meinander’s course


  • Milton Núñez


This is an essay about a foreign student, myself, learning archaeology at the University of Helsinki in the early 1970s. A venture that was successful thanks to the positive attitude of the university and, especially, my two mentors, Professor of Geology and Palaeontology Joakim Donner and Professor of Archaeology Carl Fredrik Meinander. I had the privilege to begin my Archaeology studies as a member of the first group to study under C.F. Meinander and to participate in his first archaeology field school in 1970. Through descriptions and anecdotes, I try to provide glimpses of how things were, or I perceived them, some 50 years ago.