Graves, pits, and house foundations
In Dalarna, there are more than 32 000 known ancient remains. They are the traces of human activity in the landscape for 10 000 years. The ancient remains can consist of graves, hunting pits, huts, house foundations, charcoal burning platforms, summer farms with mountain pasture and much much more.
The responsibility for preserving the remains of previous generations is shared by all and the cultural heritage is protected by the Historic Environment Act.
All ancient monuments that we know of are registered in Fornsök, the database for archaeological sites and monuments that is maintained by the Swedish National Heritage Board. In Fornsök there are, among other things, descriptions, and in some cases even photos, of the remains and a map showing location. Fornsök is public and accessible to the public on the internet through the website of the Swedish National Heritage Board.
There are still many ancient remains in forests and on land that have not yet been registered. If you have found something that you think may be ancient remains, we at Dalarna's museum and the County Administrative Board of Dalarna want to know. Then we can document it and make sure that it is registered in Fornsök. It can be an important link to the understanding of our history and lead to new knowledge.