Cultural Heritage


Situated along Gudbrandsdalsleden

“Ødegården at the crossroad”. This location split the remote traffic in the old times. Either north towards Stange and Gudbrandsdalen, or northeast towards Løten or Østerdalen.

Discoveries from the Neolithic ages suggest that the area from here to Vik has been farmland since agriculture arrived in the areas around Mjøsa 2000 BC. These farmers did not live at a stationary farm like they do today. They lived in a larger area covered with leaf trees. The climate was considerably hotter than today, and the livestock could stay out all seasons of the year.

The pioneer famers scorched off a small forest area at the time, worked with the field with stone axes as tools, as well as simple ploughs. This plough can be seen in Stanges coat of arms today. The pioneer famers grew wheat and barley on small patches of land. They kept up this farming until the nutritional value of the land was exhausted. They then moved their simple houses to a new location and stared over again. The pioneer famers did also hunt and fish like their ancestors in the Mesolithic ages.

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