But the varied table rock landscape offers more than just magnificent nature experiences. The fertile plain was the best place for humans to settle after the last ice age. Culture and communities soon emerged. The many megalithic tombs built from large boulders around 5,000 years ago bear testimony to this. Later, the use of stone as a building material continued with the erection of churches, monasteries, castles, strongholds and simple dwellings. Many remain, but some have become ruins. Local inhabitants throughout history – such as the sacrificed Luttra Woman from the Stone Age, the mighty Viking woman Kata, Count Gabriel de la Gardie or Sweden’s last caveman “Lasse in the Mountain” – testify to changing prosperity. It’s not for no reason that the table rock landscape has seen so many of the country’s most interesting historical finds. What’s more, the area has proven to be the center of an earlier Christianization of Sweden than previously known.
The table rock landscape is full of traces showing how the local stone became a livelihood for man. The history of quarrying can be seen in many parts of the area. There are a great many remains from quarries, lime mills, millstone quarries and oil shale workings. Today we also gain insights into the life and times of stone workers through the area’s well attended working life museums.
From ancient times to the present day the table rock landscape has slowly changed, but through every age it has meant quality of life for plants, animals and us humans. Since the landscape was formed, people have left their mark on it throughout the ages. What were once modern times, we see today as valuable cultural and industrial history. Taken together, these things create a wealth of points of interest like no other.
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Welcome to the table rock landscape!