As the continental
glacier melted in Finland around 8400 B.C., the first inhabitants arrived
in Central Finland. During the Stone Age people would live in family villages
consisting of a few dozen inhabitants, gaining a livelihood from fishing,
hunting and gathering. The population of Central Finland was about 500.
During the early Metal Age 1500 B.C.-300 A.D. cattle breeding and the
cultivation of forest areas cleared through burning off were adopted alongside
old means of livelihood and religion and the structure of society changed.
During the Iron Age (600-700 A.D.) the cultivation of forest areas cleared
through burning increased and trading became livelier. The Lapps who lived
in Central Finland at that time had specialised in hunting animals for