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Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

Report from a Workshop

image of Agriculture's Role as an Upholder of Cultural Heritage

A substantial part of the cultural landscape and cultural heritage for many European countries is related to agriculture. Agricultural activity in some form is of vital importance in order to maintain and uphold the cultural heritage related to agriculture, however, intensive farming methods is also a major destroyer of cultural heritage. The role of agriculture as an upholder of cultural heritage was the focus of attention for a European workshop in Norway in February 2005 which brought together representatives from the public agricultural and cultural heritage sectors and researchers from The Netherlands, Austria, Estonia, England, and the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Norway. This report presents the status for the link agriculture - cultural heritage in these nine countries and points out some differences as well as mutual characteristics between the national contexts.

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Agriculture and cultural heritage in Iceland

The aim of this workshop is to address the multifunctional role of agriculture as an upholder of cultural landscape and heritage. Agricultural products are not only meat or milk, but also landscape, “living” traditions, place names and histories to give some examples. At the Agricultural University of Iceland we define agriculture as living and using the land.

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