Like most other people, it took some time before I understood the magnitude of that which is going on in Uppåkra. I long held the belief that ancient times were the concern of others, since my interests lay in the future. It was only when I realised how grand and unique ancient Uppåkra was that I understood that Uppåkra is not only part of the past, but the present and the future as well!
Located outside of Lund, in Staffanstorp municipality, once was the political, economical and political centre of its time, Uppåkra. That the settlement predating Lund and Copenhagen was located in Staffanstorp municipality was of course something that interested me. That the yearly excavations, implemented by the archaeological institution at Lund University, uncover such marvelous finds enhanced that feeling. From the day I understood what Uppåkra had once been, and in the future could be, I felt a commitment to show the world that which exists, in an incredibly beautiful place, but largely still hidden in the soil.
An important step to create an archaeological centre in Uppåkra was taken during autumn 2009, when the Uppåkra Archaeological Centre Foundation was founded by Staffanstorp municipality, Region Skåne, Lunds diocese, Lund municipality, Uppåkra parish and Staffanstorpshus AB, with Lund University and the county administration in Skåne Län as scientific guarantees.
Besides the important research and the excavations made by Lund University, the foundation has an important role in spreading knowledge about Uppåkra, from ancient times until present day. As a ”Pompeji of the North”, Uppåkra Archaeological Centre will give Skåne and its bordering municipalities an increased dignity within tourism, nationally as well as internationally, and give a positive spin off to the region as a whole.
During 2014 we will take yet another few steps to develop the work of the foundation and the future archaeological centre. The national property board has, for the sake of the foundation, started a pilot study for the buildings needed in the project. The results of this study will be presented during this spring. We have also been awarded grants from EU and Leader Lundaland in order to develop the tourism program. In these projects we will continue the developments within archaeological digital technique, which can be used to visualise the finds and also adapt the visualisation for children. Given the great international potential the site has, we will also internationalise the tours.
Take the trip to Uppåkra, look to the north and you will see building cranes where ESS and Max IV is being built. In a remarkable way, history and the future can be tied together, on the same fields, within view of each other. The journey with Uppåkra Archaeological Centre has only begun, and I would like to welcome You on this exciting trip!