CHAQ2020 - Snow Hill Island - Plans and drawings

SND-ID: 2020-131

This study is part of the collection CHAQ 2020 - Cultural Heritage Antarctica

Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jonathan Westin - University of Gothenburg, Centre for Digital Humanities orcid

Gunnar Almevik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Conservation orcid


The first Swedish Antarctic Expedition (1901-1903), led by Otto Nordenskjöld, sailed to Antarctica on the ship Antarctic captained by CA Larsen, and established a research station on Snow Hill Island. There six members overwintered and performed paleontological, meteorological, geomagnetic and geological studies, while the rest of the expedition set sail for South Orkney.

After the winter, on the way back to Snow Hill Island, the Antarctic got stuck in the ice and sank. At this point, the expedition members were divided into three groups. One of these overwintered an extra year on Snow Hill Island, whereas the other two groups were forced to build stone huts in order to overwinter at Hope Bay and Paulet Island. An Argentinean vessel, the Corbeta Uruguay, rescued the expedition in November 1903.

CHAQ 2020 is an Argentinean-Swedish project with fieldwork in the area around the Antarctic Peninsula aiming to investigating and documenting the historical remains of the first Swedish South Polar expedition under the leadership of Otto Nordenskjöld 1901-1903. The material was collected in January an

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Research principal, contributors, and funding

Research principal

University of Gothenburg

Responsible department/unit

Centre for Digital Humanities


Kati Lindström - KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Philosophy and History, Division of History of Science, Technology and Environment orcid

Dag Avango - Luleå University of Technology, Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Division of Social Sciences orcid

University of Gothenburg rorId

Luleå University of Technology rorId

KTH Royal Institute of Technology rorId

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Commissioning organisation

Swedish National Heritage Board

Protection and ethical review

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Method and time period

Time period(s) investigated

20th century – 21th century

1902-01-01 – 2020-02-10

Geographic coverage

Geographic spread

Geographic location: Antarctica

Geographic description: The documentation was gathered at Snow Hill Island, Seymour Island (Marambio), and Hope Bay.


Almevik, G., Avango, D., Contissa, V., Fontana, P., Lindström, K., & Westin, J. (2021). Built cultural heritage in Antarctica : remains and uses of the first Swedish SouthPolar expedition 1901–1903. Riksantikvarieämbetet.
ISBN: 978-91-7209-891-6
URN: urn:nbn:se:raa:diva-6230

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Type of archaeological investigation

Watching brief, Archaeological field evaluation, Planning basis

CHAQ2020 - Snow Hill Island - Plans and drawings


The drawings of the winter station were carried out using traditional methods and are available both as pencil originals with notes and cleaned up ink drawings. The plans were produced using scan data from the Faro Focus m70 on January 12, 13, and 19.

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Jonathan Westin, Gunnar Almevik. University of Gothenburg (2021). CHAQ2020 - Snow Hill Island - Plans and drawings. Swedish National Data Service. Version 1.

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Still image


Creator/Principal investigator(s)

Jonathan Westin - University of Gothenburg, Centre for Digital Humanities orcid

Gunnar Almevik - University of Gothenburg, Department of Conservation orcid

Type of archaeological remains

Feature , Buildings , Settlement remnants , Building remains


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Published: 2021-03-02
Last updated: 2021-09-02