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Södra Råda och rekonstruktion som hantverksvetenskaplig metod

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Authors Gunnar Almevik
Published in Hantverkslaboratorium. Red. Eva Löfgren.
Pages 283
ISBN 978-91-979382-0-4
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Mariestad
Publication year 2011
Published at Department of Conservation
Pages 283
Language sv
Keywords Södra Råda, rekonstruktion, hantverk, processuell rekonstruktion
Subject categories Architectural conservation and restoration, Building engineering, History of Technology, History, Cultural Studies


In November 2001 the medieval church Södra Råda burnt to the ground in an act of pyromania. The church had a log timbered structure dating to 1320 and world famous wall paintings by Master Amund from 1494. Among Sweden’s 3400 churches and chapels, only 10 medieval log timber churches remains. Hence, the Swedish national heritage board initiated a process, still ongoing, proclaiming that the church should be reconstructed “as a pedagogical example to enhance craft practice and historical knowledge of medieval churches”. This article investigates the new findings on medieval wooden church building as well as the methodology in full-scale reconstruction, using craft skills as means of interpretation of historical knowledge. The reconstruction functions as a trans-disciplinary laboratory, testing findings from archaeological excavations, archive studies and in-depth survey and dendrochronology analysis of the remaining medieval wooden churches.

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