Meet Iron Age in Genesmons Arkeologiska Friluftsmuseum

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a farmhouse was located by the sea just south of Örnsköldsvik. Through the land uplift, the site is now 20 m above sea level. The remains of the farm were examined by Umeå University during the years 1977-89 and the results were so innovative and surprising that the municipality...

Nearly 2,000 years ago, a farmhouse was located by the sea just south of Örnsköldsvik. Through the land uplift, the site is now 20 m above sea level. The remains of the farm were examined by Umeå University during the years 1977-89 and the results were so innovative and surprising that the municipality decided that the farm should be reconstructed. The guide shows the big reconstructed longhouse and tells you about the life in ironage in Genesmon's archeological open-air museum, formerly Gene ancient village.

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How can one understand and interpret an entire house based on dark colors in the sand? How can you know something about the house's room division and function and what do you know about how they lived on the farm? The reconstruction reflects the time around the year 500. An exciting time when Christianity spreads north across Europe.

The archaeological knowledge of the site is unusually good with two doctoral dissertations, one about the excavations and the other about the reconstruction. The guide also describes how the area has changed through the land uplift, what the name Gene means and about Bäckfjärden which today is about to become a lake as a result of the land uplift.

After the visit in the Iron Age, you walk only 400 meters along the path to the shallow beach in Nyänget. In addition to the warmest sea bath in Örnsköldsvik, there is also a kiosk, a café with simpler food service and toilets.

Tuesdays and saturdays at 13.15 att the parking lot from 3 july to 28 august
price 200 SEK, under 16 years free.

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