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Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki

For this assignment Spanish photographer, Oriol Casanovas, travelled from his home near Barcelona to Scandinavia to document sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list in Finland, Norway and Sweden.

Sammallahdenmäki is located in a forest off the tourist routes. Not many people know of its existence. The site has World Heritage status because of the 36-granite burial Cairns scattered over an area of two or three miles.

Shutter: 1/200 sec Aperture: f/9 ISO: 100 Focal Length 14mm

Tracks of ancient lichens, moss, pine trees, snakes, bees and wild berries... a very calm and latent energy, and surrounded by these monumental cairns, that makes you feel that you are in a powerful place. After three millennia, this Bronze Age burial site is still a spiritual place.

Shutter: 1/125 sec Aperture: f/5.8 ISO: 100 Focal Length 73mm

To complete the assignment in Sammallahdenmäki I had to overcome two problems. The first of them was transportation. There is no public transport to the forest. The second problem was that given the geography and position of the burials there are few good perspectives to take representative pictures of the site.

Shutter: 1/320 sec Aperture: f/5.6 ISO: 100 Focal Length 7mm

I was really fortunate to be helped by Hanna from the Rauma Museum. She was not only the perfect guide and counsellor; she was an excellent driver and producer. When I needed transport she dropped me to the site, when she saw me climbing the pine trees to take some of the shots, she got a ladder. And when she saw that I could not carry by myself all the equipment up and down in that extensive area, she volunteered to help. Thanks a lot Hanna!

Shutter: 1/500 sec Aperture: f/4 ISO: 100 Focal Length 7mm

Photo Notes:
Old Rauma
Røros Mining Town and the Circumference
Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki
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