Sites & cities that bear the name of Ukonkivi


Today in : Finland
First trace of activity : ca. 13th century B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 17th century C.E
Recorded names : Äijih

Description : Ukonkivi, (English: Ukko's rock), is located on the island of Ukonsaari in lake Inari, Finnish Lapland. The Inari Sami name for the island is Äijih. The area of the lake is called Ukonselkä. Ukonkivi was considered by the local Inari Sami to be an extremely important siedi (Inari Sami: siejdi, Finnish: seita), or sacred natural formation, and was used as a sacrificial site, perhaps as recently as in the 19th century. The names "Ukko" and "Äijih" refer to sky deities in the Finnish and Sami mythologies, respectively. The island is about 30 metres (98 feet) high, 50 metres (160 feet) broad and a 100 metres (330 feet) long. The distance from the village of Inari to Ukonkivi is approximately 11 kilometres (6.8 miles). There are guided tours to the site during the summer from the harbour of the Sami museum, Siida. There are two known siedis at Ukonsaari. The first one to be studied was a sacrificial cave. One of the most important archaeological findings in Lapland was made at Ukonkivi in 1873 by the British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans, when a silver jewellery fragment was found in the cave. An additional siedi was discovered in 2007 by Finnish archaeologists.

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