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The nuns settled in an area that had been inhabited since the Stone Age. This is what archaeological sites tell us.

When the abbey was founded there were plenty of watercourses, wetlands, and forests. During the late 19th century the landscape was changed dramatically after draining of the swampy areas and altered agricultural practice.

Sven Hellström’s study of the countryside during the 16th century includes an inventory of the villages’ assets, as the Crown needed money to pay the ransom for Älvsborg. This material will be presented on a future, interactive map.