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Ancient remain from excavations by the Skansen Lejonet fortlet. Photo: The Swedish Transport Administration.
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Research prior to construction work provide new knowledge of the history of Gothenburg

Before the West Link’s construction, we are conducting archaeological excavations to take care of and document the ancient remains found along the route. The excavations are part of a larger research work to find out the construction conditions.

Along the route of the West Link, there are the remnants of ancient fortifications. The location and design of the West Link have been adapted in order to as far as possible minimize damage to these. During the planning stage, we have made a number of pre-investigations and now in preparation for construction, we are continuing with detailed archaeological excavations along the route.

– The ancient remains that we find will serve as a summary of the history of Gothenburg, a significant knowledge bank for the various factors that have characterised the city's development. The scientific value is substantial and of great importance for the research on fortifications. Most often, the remains also have a high personal historical value, with individuals linked to both local history and world events, says Carina Bramstång Plura, archaeologist from the National Historical Museums.

Part of a larger survey programme

The excavations are also providing us with new knowledge about, for example, the rock conditions. The archaeological excavations are part of a larger research work of the ground in and adjoining to the route of the West Link. Included in this work is also further examinations of the rock quality, soil and water sampling, measurements of soil depth and investigations of the strength of the layers of soil. We are also installing ground-water measuring pipes to be able to measure the water level and inspecting properties and structures which we evaluate could be influenced by the West Link.

The purpose of the investigations and the preparatory measurements is to have the best possible foundation prior to construction the West Link. This is in order to as far as possible avoid negative impacts on the surroundings or the environment during the construction.