The Cemetery of Kirkk'ailanmäki

Address: Jarvalantie 205 Show map

Address: Jarvalantie 205

The Cemetery of Kirkk'ailanmäki is in the village of Untila, on Jarvalantie road after the bridge crossing the Hämeenlinna-Lahti highway, and there is a large stone erected as a memorial on the site.

The cemetery of Kirkk'ailanmäki is one of Finland's most significant ancient burial sites. It was in use from the Crusade Period to the Middle Ages, i.e. from around the 11th century to the 14th century. Over a hundred graves have been discovered in the cemetery, the oldest of them dating from the turn of the 11th and 12th centuries and providing significant finds of artefacts. Most of the younger burials were without grave-goods and the change in burial customs was presumably related to the adoption of Christianity in the region. Kirkk'ailanmäki means "church fence hill" and according to oral tradition it was the site of the first church of Hollola.

A monument and an information sign are situated next the cemetery site. The actual cemetery is on privately owned land and can only be viewed from the road.


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