The oldest iron mine i Scania

Project: Research

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Frans Suell is well known for having build the harbour in Malmö but quite unknown for having run an iron mine in northern Scania. The investigations aim is to identify the mining technology

Frans Suell is well known for having build the harbour in Malmö but quite unknown for having run an iron mine in Loshult, northern Scania, around 1800. He owned the iron factory in Ryd on the northern side of the Småland border and the ore from Loshult was by horse änd cart transorted to the funacies at the factory. The investigations aim is to identify the mining technology.

At a cuple of occations the work by the mine has been done over the last years. The area around the water filled mine shaft is cleared by the local heritage organisation and some remains of buildings are found. By a tractor crane, as much as possible of the debrie in the mine has been removed. By archive material we have found out that the mine was dug down to a platform at a depth of 5m and then 40-45m in 45 degree sloope. Divers has till now been down to 10-15 meter in the slooping shaft then the debree stops them. We also tried with a miniSUB (Sjöuggla) but the iron ore made the compass mal funktioning so it was impossible to navigate. The next move will bee with a specialist in mine diving. The Loshult mine is one of the last ithems left of the scanian iron industri that started in the 12th cent. The publication of this project will be done together with results from excavations concerning iron in Skåne made by the Board of Antiquities (Riksantikvarieämbetet) in Stockholm. One part of the publication will be about the recently identified, completely unique Vallon iron factory in Snälleröd from 16
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2010/01/012013/12/31

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