Memories of the past
Preserved ancient monuments
Protected ancient monuments are burial mounds, dolmens, burial chambers, desolate cemeteries, ramparts, defense installations, rune stones, ruins etc.
On Lolland and Falster there are numerous protected ancient monuments - in fact, Guldborgsund Municipality is the municipality in Denmark where there are the most protected ancient monuments.
The ancient monuments are protected because we in Denmark want to preserve as much of the cultural heritage as possible where it is, and thus also the story that they tell about the landscape where they are located.
The peasants and burial chambers of the Peasant Stone Age, the burial mounds of the Bronze Age, the shipwrecks of the Iron Age and the Viking Age and rune stones tell of different ways of burying and remembering the deceased in antiquity. The desolate cemeteries tell of the ravages of the Black Death in the middle of the 1300th century, while ramparts and defense installations provide insight into the organized protection of people and their belongings throughout history.
What does the protection mean?
One must not make changes to a protected ancient monument. - Do not dig, remove or move stones, pull up roots or remove bumps, and do not fertilize or plant on the ancient monument.
It is also not allowed to cultivate, fertilize or plant within a 2 meter protection zone around ancient monuments.
Within 100 meters of the ancient monument, you may not make permanent changes to the landscape without dispensation - for example, build buildings, erect masts, plant windbreaks or make terrain adjustments.
If you want to apply for a dispensation within the 100 meter zone, you must contact the municipality where the protected ancient monument is located.
Violation of the protection regulations entails liability for damages and possible police reporting.
Who keeps an eye on the protected ancient monuments?
Preserved ancient monuments are covered by provisions of the Museum Act.
The Palaces and Culture Agency is the authority in all cases concerning protected ancient monuments. On Lolland and Falster, it is Museum Sydøstdanmark that, on behalf of the agency, supervises the protected ancient monuments and keeps an eye on them for any damage.
If a protected ancient monument is damaged
If you have been injured or have seen damage to a protected ancient monument, you must either contact Museum Lolland-Falster or The Palaces and Culture Agency.