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Ikäheimo, J. and Äikäs, T., 2019. The Site of a Film Set as Material Heritage: A Case Study of the Pohjola Village from Rauta-aika (The Age of Iron) TV-Series. VIEW Journal of European Television History and Culture, 8(15), pp.46–58.

The site of a film set as material heritage : a case study of the Pohjola Village from Rauta-aika (The Age of Iron) TV-series

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Author: Ikäheimo, Janne1; Äikäs, Tiina1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Archaeology, Faculty of Humanities P.O. Box 1000, FIN-90014 Finland
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Language: English
Published: Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-10-30


Rauta-aika (The Age of Iron, 1982), a four episode TV-series produced by YLE — the Finnish Broadcasting Company, transported the audience into a world of fantasy by successfully mixing the Finnish national epic Kalevala with elements of the local Iron Age. This paper focuses on the dismantled film set of the Pohjola village at the Seinävuori Hill in Hämeenkyrö, documented using archaeological methods in 2012, from the perspective of material heritage. While the remains visible today at the Seinävuori Hill are scarce, they continue to give a context for various meanings and experiences assigned to this place in the recent and more distant past and hence impact the heritagisation of the place.

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Series: VIEW. Journal of European television history and culture
ISSN: 2213-0969
ISSN-E: 2213-0969
ISSN-L: 2213-0969
Volume: 8
Issue: 15
Pages: 46 - 58
DOI: 10.18146/2213-0969.2019.jethc164
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
6131 Theatre, dance, music, other performing arts
615 History and archaeology
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