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The Protection of Archaeological Monuments from the 19th and 20th Centuries in Sweden

Alexander Gill

Cite this as: Gill, A. 2024 The Protection of Archaeological Monuments from the 19th and 20th Centuries in Sweden, Internet Archaeology 66.


When the Swedish Historic Environment Act was amended in 2014, it became possible to safeguard specific sites of archaeological interest from the 19th and 20th centuries. However, since 2014, few younger sites have received protection. The most likely reason for this is related to a scarcity of resources at the county administrative boards.

3 parallel rows of boulders in a forest
Military installations at Särna Skans. © Hans Antonson/Norconsult
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  • Keywords: National Heritage Board, heritage legislation, Historic Environment Act, Särna Skans, Arado Ar-196-3, log driving, Borgvik
  • Accepted: 31 Oct 2023. Published: 21 March 2024
  • Funding: The publication of this article is funded by the European Archaeological Council.
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Corresponding author: Alexander Gill
Riksantikvarieämbetet (Swedish National Heritage Board)

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Figure 1: Military installations at Särna Skans. © Hans Antonson/Norconsult

Figure 2: Constructions in Laisälven built for log driving. Photo: Jan Norrman (Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License)

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