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Travel through centuries – Excavating Stockholm

The city of Stockholm, Sweden is a rather exotic part of the world. No wonder, it’s roots as a city began 1252. A lot has been going on over the centuries, and as the city grew, treasures and stories of the past have been buried and unburied in the process.
  Marielle Larsson
The Maritime Museum in Stockholm is excavating an area of great importance, connecting the dots with the past.
The City Council have to tread carefully every time a major renovation project is undertaken, and it has to be looked over by an archaeologist before it can proceed. As a result Stockholm have a well-documented, rich history, and new information is continuously added.

...seriously, never in my life have I found so may well preserved finds!

—Jim Hansson, Curator and Project manager.

When the eastern quayside of “Strömkajen” close to the noble Grand Hotel needed a long time coming renovation, the marine archeologists of the Maritime Museums were called in. That was about a year ago.

Sown wreck
Right from the beginning the excavation revealed an extraordinary find, a wreck sewn together proving how important these digs are. As they carefully worked through layer after layer, new insights to life in Stockholm through centuries were revealed. It’s a wild time travel, taking us through the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries.

In late December, we were called to a Press Meet in Stockholm. What they wanted to show us were parts of two wrecks that dates back to the time when a Naval Ship yard of quite some importance located on this spot was most active, from 1560 and hundred years on.

The newly found Svärdet was built here, so was the world renowned VASA, the ship that went down during its maiden voyage and later, during the 20th century was salvaged and made into a Museum.

It is possible that the wrecks where used as service vessels within the shipyard. This is very exciting news to Project manager Jim Hansson, curator at the Maritime Museums.

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Jim Hansson sees a rewarding exploration ahead, but he feels the pressure. The City is breathing down his neck, eager to continue the renovation process. At the same time excavation is getting close to the spot they believe the rest of the wrecks are.

What was the purpose?
The mystery continues, and the next press meeting might reveal the answer. What was the purpose of these boats? Where they really service vessels or were they used for something totally different? We might give you the answer in the future!


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