Turning Mining Residuals into Heritage: On Slag and the Landscape of the Anthropocene

Lars Kaijser (Stockholm University)

This paper addresses the residual matter of slag as a way of discussing the relation between human and nature, story-telling of the Anthropocene and heritage making processes. The starting point is The Great Copper Mountain in Falun (Sweden), nominated as a world heritage in 2001. With the transition to world heritage, the mining area went from being an industrial landscape to becoming a cultural heritage landscape. With this, a number of signs came to be exhibited in the landscape, contributing to the historical readability of the area. The paper will focus on these signs and the stories they tell.

Part of 05-02 The Landscape of Heritage, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm