Destroying the Past – Salvaging the Remains. Dams, archaeology and research in Sweden
Thursday 21 April, 2022at 14:00 - 16:00
The Research Seminar Series in Archaeology and Environmental archaeology invites you to a seminar with David Loeffler, "Destroying the Past – Salvaging the Remains. Dams, archaeology and research in Sweden"
Abstract: Sweden has a long tradition of heritage management, not least as concerns archaeological sites documented along water systems altered by hydroelectric power plants and dams. In spite of this a vast majority of sites situated near regulated waterways have been or are being destroyed without ever having been discovered and/or documented. This is a situation both known and completely ignored by those institutions entrusted with preserving, protecting and documenting the past. Fieldwork and a twenty year experiment designed to study the effects of water erosion on both features and artefact distribution has shown that these sites still have the potential to yield meaningful archaeological information despite the fact that they have regularly been inundated and exposed to erosion during the last 80 years. The results of this discovery and the methods employed are presented here.