Halland is situated in the south-western part Sweden and it is a cultural
and geographical unit, which for a long time belonged to Denmark, but it is
a part of Sweden since 1645. In many aspects it is a typical border district
with a high diversity in cultural landscapes. The history of the landscape and
of earlier generations of people is very apparent in some areas while other
areas have a strongly modernised landscape with few historical remnants. In
the western part of the county urbanization and changes towards large-scale
agriculture are the main threats to historic cultural landscapes, while the
eastern parts are endangered by modern forestry and ceasing agriculture management.
The research concentrates around two aspects and mapping and GIS are important
tools in both of them:
- Surveying ancient monuments and other elements of human activity on the
ground to get a picture of the multi-layered history these remnants can tell
- Evaluation of the changes in cultural landscape over time by analysis of
historical and modern topographical maps. This aspect also includes analysis
of the rich written material from the area, especially Pehr Osbecks manuscripts.
The research results will be published in a popular report.
Based on research the following public efforts will be made:
- Publishing a popular research report
- Posting information posters at strategic places
- A series of seminars for researchers, schools and people who are dealing
with cultural tourismare planned, where the results from this project will
be presented and visions for future development discussed.
The cultural path in the area includes both a physical path with information
posters at strategic places and a conceptual path, which will give a picture
of how people lived in and managed the landscape in earlier periods. An important
aim of the physical path is to mediate the different layers, both prehistoric
and historic, which can be seen in the landscape. An important part of the conceptual
path is to publish popular information about Pehr Osbeck, a famous disciple
of Carl von Linné, and his detailed description of how people lived,
the landscape, the fauna and flora etc. in southern Halland 200-250 years ago.
Pehr Osbeck worked as a reverend here and is buried in the churchyard at Hasslöv
in the area.
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County Museum of Halland Landsantikvarien
Halland County Administration Board
Halland County Council