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Flygspaning efter Historia [Looking at history from Air]
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The volume includes contributions by Scandinavian archaeologists who take and work with aerial photographs. It is based on the work of airforce major and archaeologist, Esse Ericsson (1921-1996). Ericsson, who was renowned for being unconventional, introduced systematic aerial photography to Scandinavia in the 1950s and 1960s, 'flying archaeology'; it was during this period that he documented the known, and hitherto unknown, cultural aspects of the countryside of Skåne. One chapter is a brief biography of Esaias (Esse) Ericsson; it has been written by the archaeologist P U Hörberg. Much of the book has been devoted to an illustrated catalogue, topographically arranged, of Ericsson's 2121 photographs. The photographs show thousands of objects related to culture, nature and the environment. All have been carefully documented; the information has been compiled and edited by L Hansen. Other chapters include a Scandinavian view of the history of 'archaeology from the air', by Dr G Rausing (†). This chapter begins with a photograph from a balloon taken on 7 April 1894 and ends with a description of a digital database. An interesting and unusual presentation of 'archaeology and aerial photography' by E Ericsson includes a discussion about climate, a topic that few non Scandinavian aerial archaeologists have looked at, and a presentation of aerial photography projects related to tides and coasts; a subject that has been neglected by most such guides. Archaeologist Jan Norrman (†) writes about past and present work in Sweden, including the problems and achievements.

The Esse Ericsson's aerial photograph archive is one of the world's finest collections of a limited geographical region - in this case Skåne in South Sweden.

Although the book - Flygspaning efter historia - is written in Swedish, it contains a selection of unique photographs that are of interest to non-Scandinavians.

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