Thanks to Åsa at the Swedish blogg Ting och tankar (Things and thoughs) I got to think about a report that The Swedish forest agency and The National Heritage Board published 2006-10-10. The report concerns how ancient remains are affected by forestry. The result is devastating. In the report that covers three counties in Sweden; Kalmar, Värmland and Västerbotten one can read that more than 1/3 of all ancient remains have been damaged due to felling and even more due to ground clearing before plantation of new forest. In the next few days I will read the report more closely and write a summary. This is a difficult issue as there is two sides of the coin, in one corner are the preservationists (archaeologists, historians etc) and in the other corner are the forest owners who wants and needs a profit. It alls comes to find a way to make both parties as pleased as possible with a minimum of damages for both parties. Another big problem are the forestry machines of today, they are probably very cost effective for forestry but that they a serious threat to ancient- and cultural remains in forests. The biggest problem is that these kind of grand machines erase the landscape, they flatten it out and it is no longer possible to read the landscape. Well, I’ll stop here for now and returns with a summary later during this week.
Picture of damages made of a forestry machine within an area of fossilized fields.