Why are we digging here and now?


The excavations at Old Uppsala in 2012 and 2013 will considerably increase our knowledge of the site.

The excavations were brought about because The Swedish Transport Administration plans to redirect the East Coast Railroad.

This has given archaeologists opportunity to investigating an area of 70 000 square metres.

The main goal of the project is to explore “landscaping and community building in Old Uppsala in the Iron Age and middle ages.”

We wish to emphasise that the site was created based upon the social relationships existing between the elite of society and the population at large.

The theme was selected so as to highlight the whole spectrum of social groups rather than focusing solely on the King and the aristocratic environment

The excavations are a joint venture project involving Riksantikvarieämbetet (The Swedish National Heritage Board), SAU, an independent research foundation, and Upplandsmuseet (the county museum of Uppland).