Prehistoric habitation

The farmed cultural landscape of Kurala began taking shape in the Iron Age, over a thousand years ago. By the Middle Iron Age, the former straits of the sea had formed the River Aura and the River Jaaninoja. People settled along the rivers.

It is likely that the people in the Kylämäki Village have always survived by farming and keeping cattle. Because of its location by the rivers and the historic Ox Road of Häme, the village has also been a favourable place for trade. Archaeological evidence of habitation has been found on the hill, but the exact sites of the Iron Age buildings are not known.

One of the River Aura valley’s many Iron Age cemeteries is located in Kurala. This cemetery has graves from the 7th to the 11th century AD. The next evidence of the life in Kurala are written records from the 14th century. However, the village has likely been populated continuously from the 7th century onwards.

The Kylämäki area in Kurala is protected under the Antiquities Act.