Panu Savolainen profile picture
Archaeology and Finnish History


Areas of expertise

urban history
architectural history
historical timber structures
sensory history
historical archaeology
cultural heritage
digital humanities
historical GIS


I graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 2009 (MSc in Architecture) and from the University of Turku in 2013 (MA in History). I defended my doctoral thesis at the University of Turku in 2017. Currently I work as a post doc researcher at the University of Turku.

Before academic career I worked as a researcher in two museums and as a planner in an architectural office.


I teach museology and Finnish history at the University of Turku and architectural history at the Aalto-university in Helsinki.


My research interests include themes around material culture, historical GIS, architecture and urban space from seventeenth- to ninteenth-centuries.

I'm leading the project (from 1/2020) Medieval timber structures in Finland: The process of construction and structural innovations of the roof structures in medieval stone churches funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation.

My current research project focuses to the experiences on the transformation of public lighting in the nineteenth-century cities of Finland. My PhD thesis (2017) was about the concepts and practices of public and private space in eighteenth-century Turku, and my previous publications include articles and a monograph about eighteenth-century residential architecture and lived space, social history of the lower urban classes, historical archaeology of Vyborg cathedral, insurance history and the concepts of object and text in archaeology.

Besides my research activities I have published one children's book and made several scholarly and non-scholarly graphic design projects and illustrations for museums and book publishers.


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