Päijälä Hill Fort

Kuhmoinen, Finland

Päijälä hill fort is an Iron Age hill fort by the Lake Saaresjärvi in Kuhmoinen. The abundance of artefacts found at the Päijälä hill fort makes it nationally significant. The fort is thought to have been used since at least the 12th century. Kuhmoinen was then a borderland between Häme and Carelian tribes who fought over the ownership of wilderness areas.

The fort hill rises 25 metres above the surrounding terrain, and looking from above you can see the fort is built in a roughly circular form. The slopes of the hill are extremely steep from three sides.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Finland
Historical period: Iron Age (Finland)

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