Archeology in the world heritage
Several major archaeological investigations have been carried out in the World Heritage Site, especially in the area that made up the city itself during the 1600th century. Today, several of these surveyed places have been built on and the inhabitants of the city live and stay here without many actually knowing what has existed and to some extent is under their feet.
The archaeological investigations constantly give us new knowledge about the people who lived and worked in the world heritage in times gone by. We learn, for example, about what the houses and farms looked like and how the road network was built before the city regulation in the middle of the 1600th century.
The archaeological results testify to Falun's international status, and in the neighborhood around Falu bridge, finds are found that have their closest comparisons to castles and manors. Here there are strong connections to Germany, Holland and to some extent the British Isles. Copper was exported, but in the opposite direction came more than just finances. Fabrics, ceramics, glass and knowledge show that the people of Falun were at the forefront of development.
Perhaps even more interesting is to get an insight into people's everyday lives through the archaeological investigations. The findings give us clues as to what humans ate and drank. In addition to meat, fish, cultivated plants and spices, there are also clues that most berries have been consumed and nuts, grapes / raisins and figs have been imported. Several households brewed their own beer, but wine was also drunk. Finds of exclusive beer and wine glasses testify to an international network of contacts. Here are traces of games and other pastimes. Even otherwise elusive phenomena such as women's chores or children's games can be discerned in the archaeological material, which gives life to a heavily industrialized city like Falun. Thanks to the special conditions prevailing in Falun's slag-rich soils, where, for example, textiles are well preserved instead of being broken down to the ground, we even get occasional glimpses of what clothes have been used.