Hanging tree as a place of memories : encounters at a 1916 execution site
Ikäheimo, Janne; Äikäs, Tiina (2018-06-08)
Janne Ikäheimo & Tiina Äikäs (2018) Hanging tree as a place of memories – Encounters at a 1916 execution site, Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage, 5:3, 166-181, DOI: 10.1080/20518196.2018.1483997
© 2018 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Community Archaeology & Heritage on 08 June 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/20518196.2018.1483997.
Near the city centre of Oulu in northern Finland, one comes across a peculiar monument: a pine tree turned into a memorial that marks the site of the last official execution by hanging in the country. Archaeological excavations took place at the hanging site in August 2014, not only to gather archaeological evidence on the history and use of the memorial, but also in order to offer people a way to share their memories and recollections of this rather unusual place. In this article we discuss the data gained from interviews (N = 20) conducted in connection with the excavations. The interpretation of the data shows that the hanging tree memorial has been and continues to be a place of both private and communal memories. It has been used for private gatherings and visits as well as for nationalistic purposes. The authenticity of this site as the actual place of hanging can be reasonably questioned, but the place is still important for local people.
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