The Astuvansalmi rock artwork are placed in Ristiina, Mikkeli, Southern Savonia, Finland at the shores of the lake Yovesi, which is part of the large lake Saimaa. The artwork are 7.7 to 11.8 metres above the water-degree of lake Saimaa. The lake level become a good deal higher on the time the rock paintings have been made. There are about 70 paintings inside the vicinity. The rock art work were formally located by means of the Finnish archaeologist Pekka Sarvas in 1968, even though locals knew of them before that. The rock where the artwork are positioned looks as if a human head, the shape particularly seen for the duration of wintertime while viewed from the ice of the lake.
The rock has presumably been some type of a cult or rite website online. The snap shots of elk in Finnish rock art work may be associated with ‘animal ceremonialism’, whereupon the continuity of the hunted species is guaranteed via a ritual wherein the animal is sent back to its ‘proprietor’. The oldest artwork have been made approximately 3000–2500 BC. They are placed at the highest degree. The water degree changed unexpectedly with the landslide of Vuoksi. Later on the level slowly went down 8 metres to its gift level. All the later art work were made from boats for the duration of the extraordinary historic water-stages.