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Cultural heritage connected to water

Tomorrow I’ll be going to 3-day seminar in Jonkoping called Kulturarv vid vatten (Cultural heritage connected to water). This can be remains connected to fishing, shipbuilding, ports, mills, forges, logging remnants, dyeing houses, bridges and roads across wetlands, historic and ancient remains under water, etc. E.g. remains of human activity in or close by waterfronts and wetlands.

We’ll visit lots of cool places, such as:

  • The mines of Taberg which has an important part in Sweden’s mining and iron industry.
  • Töllstorps industry museum – a museum concerning historic perspectives on the development of the town Gnosjö and the industries there.
  • The dams at the river Skärvån and Marieholm iron works – a history of small scale industries, along the river, there are remains of dams, mills, saws, rammers, wiring industries and an iron works hammer from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. At Marieholms, built in 1836, is a blast furnace, a forge for iron rods, a mechanical nail factory and a rolling mill etc.
  • The water fall in river Valån, tells the tale of logging in the inland of Småland County. Logging was in progress here from 1919 to the 1960s.
  • Another type of industries that need water was sawmills, we’ll visit Jära sawmill that was built in the 1860s and in work until the 1930s.
  • Currently a research project regarding battlefield archaeology is conducted at the Dumme mosse , a bog. In 1567 a battle between Danish soldiers and Swedish farmers took place. The farmers ware sent out to try to delay the Danish army so that the city of Jönköping could be burned and evacuated. The site has been identified and is currently exanimated.
  • We won’t see them live, but marine archaeologist Johan Rönnby will tell about the ancient remains under water in Lake Vettern. In the 1960s archaeological remains were found on the bottom of Lake Vettern, near Huskvarna. The remains are a cairn and different constructions made of stone and tree.

Besides this there will several lectures and of course several discussions concerning remains like these, how to work around and with them, preserve them and make them interesting for the public etc. I’m looking forward to it and hope to get some posts out of it – in due time 🙂

 

Magnus Reuterdahl

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On location at Visingsö

Today is one of these days when summer in Sweden is the best, 25 + degrees Celsius, the sun is shining and there is practically no wind.

Visingsö is an island in Lake Vättern. I arrived by ferry about two hours ago and have so far visited the castle ruin Näs at the south end south of the island. Näs castle is the oldest castle that can be connected to a Swedish king and was build during the 12th century.

For today I get to travel in style, in a BMW Z3. A cab is just lovely in this weather and when you know that the roads are OK, which is not always the case when it comes to visiting ancient monuments. Here it’s parked just south of the southern grave field, with a large mound in the background.

A more detailed post will follow later on.

Magnus Reuterdahl


Uppgränna 2009

 Uppgränna 1

A few weeks ago I passed Uppgränna, a small community just north of Gränna on the east shore of lake Vättern. Uppgränna is a beautiful small community beneath the shadow of the ruin Brahehus. Brahehus was built in 1650 and destroyed in a fire 1708, more info and pictures can be seen here.

Uppgränna Brahehus

Uppgränna Brahehus 2

Besides the view one can also see this rune stone (Sm 122) in Uppgränna.

Sm 122

Inscription; suin : risþi : stina : þesi : eftiR : oslak : auk : eftiR : kuta : sun : hons : en : oslaks : uas : bruþiR : suins :

Translation; Sven raised these stones after Áslakr and after Goti, his son. And Áslakr was Sven’s brother.

The inscription indicates that Sven raised more stones than one.

Minnessten Uppgränna kapell

Only a few meters from the rune stones is a spring, St. Gertruds spring, by which a small chapel, Helga korsets kapell (the chapel of the holy cross) was built during the Middle Ages and served in the 1700s, it is also said that there was a grave field with mounds here. Of the chapel there is nothing left and as far as I know there are no visible traces of the cemetery either, though the source is still filled fresh water, but it is on private land.

Magnus Reuterdahl


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