Hautaketo Stone Age dwelling site

Emäntäkouluntie 30 Veteli


In the Hautaketo area, remnants have been found that suggest the existence of Stone Age settlements. They pertain to the early Comb Ceramic culture (4200–3300 BCE). In the 1930s, when digging foundations for the Emäntäkoulu (school for farmers’ wives), pieces of earthenware were discovered, but their historical value was not yet understood. In 1945 ceramics were found along the Perhonjoki (Vetelinjoki) riverbank. As a result of the finds, a professor of archaeology at the University of Helsinki, Carl Fredrik Meinander (1916–2004), was invited to the site in summer 1946. In his excavations, Meinander found, for example, stove stones and quartz debitage (pieces of quartz shaped with stones). He concluded that this was a dwelling site from the times of the early Comb Ceramic culture and had probably been located on an ancient seashore.


An archaeological inventory survey was conducted in the area in 2017. In the courtyard of the school and on the riverbank, more remnants of Stone Age dwellings were found.


In the rugged river landscape of Hautaketo, there is also an earth bank called “Ingman’s sofa”, where Anders Wilhelm Ingman used to sit in the summer when he served as chaplain in Yliveteli from 1855 to 1864. At the time, he also translated Bible texts into Finnish and later worked as a professor of exegetics at the University of Helsinki.


Today the main building of the Emäntäkoulu is known as Vetelin Taidekartano, a space for art exhibitions and events. https://www.facebook.com/Vetelin-Taidekartano-104631007604777/