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Reconstructing environment and human impact during 1500 years of mining activity around FalunCopper mine, Sweden, through a multidisciplinary approach
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences. (Quaternary/Holocene research group)
2013 (English)In: Environmental and Archaeological Science Conference: AEA & UKAS 2013 Cardiff University 11th-14th April 2013, 2013Conference paper, Poster (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Mining impact on the surrounding environment is one of the most severe human activities. The time the mining has been lasting is usually proportional to and increases the impact on the surrounding environment. In the interdisciplinary project presented in this paper, ”Falun above from Falun under”, is the earliest history from around 1300-1500 BP studied together with the increasing environmental impact of growing mining activity around Falun Copper mine. The environmental and cultural development is followed forward until the mine is lastly abandoned in 1992.

The projects aim is to study the area unbiased and explore previous reference as well as initiating new investigations. The project use the British project ”Great Yarmouth Archaeological map project” as a model. Falun Copper mine have a central and in time long part in Sweden and was 2001 established as a UNESCO World Heritage and is therefore in some parts rather well studied –primarily in archaeology, earth science and history. Within the project today is several methods used and under development: sedimentological mapping, reconstruction and analysis; insect and pollen analysis; dendrochronology; GIS; archive material and previous archaeological and geotechnical reports etc. There are also studies connected to preservation (World Heritage) and environmental history pedagogy and didactics.

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Keyword [en]
Human Impact, Environment, Mining, Falu Copper mine
National Category
Geosciences, Multidisciplinary
Research subject
Quarternary Geology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-198176OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-198176DiVA: diva2:615370
Environmental and Archaeological Science Conference AEA & UKAS 2013
Available from: 2013-04-10 Created: 2013-04-10 Last updated: 2013-04-10

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