Vare is a student organization for archaeology students and all interested in the subject at the University of Turku. It functions both as a bridge between the students and archaeology hobbyists as well as a guardian of the students’ interests in the Department of Archaeology, TYY (Turku University Student Union), and the University.

Vare is an old word from Finland Proper for a pre-historic burial site, a stoned mound. While the beginnings of the association were founded in 1962, the students involved had to study in Helsinki because Archaeology as a discipline didn’t come to Turku until 1969. During the following decade Vare took more the form of an actual subject association rather than the club it had earlier been.

These days Vare organizes all kinds of events from parties and seminars to field trips, and holds relaxed meetings for its members and associates. Friday meet-ups in September are from 18:00 onward at Portti (Hämeenkatu 7).

To get information about our events you can follow this website or join our email list. You should also follow us on Facebook and Instagram. As a member you can join our closed Facebook group.

There are two ways to join Vare:
1. Come to one of our events with cash (10 €).
2. Send an email to the board ( asking to join. We will reply with Vare’s account number (to which you can pay the 10€) and info on how you can get your membership card.

In 1974, Varelia, the association’s official print item was born. Varelia is still publishing today, only nowadays it resides online (you can find links to new issues on their Facebook). The magazine consists of articles, comics and stories on archaeology, student life and pretty much anything the students involved come up with. You can contact the editors with your own ideas if you like!

Varelia editors in 2022:
Veera Laukkanen (
Alina Mälkiä (