The European Association of Archaeologists awards the 2012 Student Award of the European Association of Archaeologists to Maria Leena Lahtinen
for her paper Early Farmers in Finland – Was There Pre-Iron Age Cultivation (500 BC)?
Maria Lahtinen’s interesting paper addresses the long-debated question of whether or not cereals were cultivated in Finland before 500 BC. It bravely presents a rigorously systematic and detailed critique of the existing palaeobotanical evidence, and it rejects those arguments that favour early farming. Instead, it concludes that - on the basis of the currently available evidence - cereals were not cultivated in Finland before the Iron Age. Maria’s paper is well written and professionally illustrated. When published, it is easy to imagine how controversial this paper will be in Finland, but it is also of international importance, and is likely to have a significant impact on wider studies of early farming.

We would like to thank the sponsors of the EAA 2012 Student Award who kindly donated books and book vouchers:


Cambridge University Press