Fishponds as garden features: the example from the Archbishop’s Palace, Trondheim

Fishponds as garden features: the example from the Archbishop’s Palace, Trondheim

NORDEIDE, Sæbjørg Walaker and HUFTHAMMER, Anne Karin

Plants and Culture: seeds of the cultural heritage of Europe (2009)


En fiskedam ble utgravd i Erkebispegården I Trondheim, et anlegg datert til 1537-1590. Dette var den tidligste utgravningen av en fiskedam for fersk fisk som er gjort i Norge. Den sensasjonelle funnet av halepartiet av en karpefisk i bunnsedimentene etterlot ingen tvil om at bruken av dammen. Artikkelen presenterer dette funnet sammen med andre data fra dammen sammen med selve opplysninger om konstruksjonen av dammen.

A garden is defined as an enclosed piece of ground appropriated to the cultivation of herbs, fruits, flowers or vegetables; commonly, adjoining a dwelling. Small playground both for children and grownu-ps may exist, as well as religious elements, statues and ponds and brooks. In literature, authors have mainly concentrated on architecture and art elements. Interdisciplinary studies are mostly lacking, some few exceptions exist, like the studies on the gardens in Pompeii. Taxonomical studies of plants and use of ponds as fashion elements are few. In some cases ponds in gardens were made for combined use of flowers and fish, sometimes separated. Despite the tradition of ponds for combined or separate use has a history of more than 2000 years, the knowledge about it is scattered. Also element in garden playgrounds is mostly lacking.

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