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Public excavation revealed old foundation wall

News: May 09, 2019

The KOM Project held a public excavation last weekend, hoping to find things that used to belong to the former epidemic hospital.
”We dug out the foundation wall from a building that was demolished in the beginning of the 30’s. We mapped out where the building had stood using old maps. It was a visiting room close to the entrance of the hospital area, where you could visit sick relatives or friends. Entering the area was forbidden”, says Anita Synnestvedt.

Anita Synnestvedt, a researcher within the project, wanted to inspire the public to share their stories and experiences from the hospital, whether they were patients, employees, or had other connections to the area after the hospital was shut down in 1970.
“The excavation also wanted to demonstrate how archaeology can inspire an awareness of the cultural heritage and make visible a part of history that might be forgotten or obscured”, says Anita Synnestvedt.

Approximately 60 people of all ages were present at the location, several were families with children, and some of them participated in the excavation. Aside from the foundation wall, the team also found pieces of bricks, glass, bottle caps, porcelain, and plastics during the four-hour excavation session.

The findings and information about the location, maps of the area, images and a report from the excavation will be displayed at Konstepidemin in the beginning of June. The artists may use this material later on if they wish so. The project will also put up billboards in the spot where the foundation wall was found as well as information about the project and the history of the demolished building. An archaeologist team will continue digging in the area where the staff housing was located. Several events and seminars will be held continuously until the opening of the exhibition which is set to 2021.

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Page Manager: Jenny Högström Berntson|Last update: 2/26/2018
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