New Varberg – The town that disappeared2 July - 3 July
New Varberg was founded in the beginning of the 15th century a few kilometres north of modern day Varberg. Why the town came to be and what its relations to Old Varberg/Getakärr and Varberg’s Castle were is unclear. In the 16th century the town was as large as Halmstad at the time and the finds point toward a lively trading town with close connections to foreign lands. In 1612 the town was raided by the Swedes and it was decided that the current population was to be moved to a new town which was being built in connection with the fortress. New Varberg then became farming land which has left the area largely untouched and the town is now hidden beneath a meadow.
Johan Klange is a historical archaeologist whose specialty is city excavations. Here he will tell of an early digital examination of New Varberg where new technology is used to extract information about the town and it’s composition without digging.
In Eskils Källare Saturday 12:00 pm (Lecture in Swedish)