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 Skovsgaard Hovedbygning
          Skovsgaard Castle, Langeland 
          Photo - Marianne Krag Petersen


Klokkestenen på Lyø 
                Klokkestenen, Lyø 
             Photo - Birgit Bjerre Laursen


The South Funen Archipelago is a submerged, highly varied Ice Age landscape. It is characterised by the passage of the glacial ice across Funen during the last Ice Age which formed features such as the hat-shaped hills, elongated drumlin ridges, high lateral moraine and the now-flooded moraine areas.


The South Funen Archipelago has been inhabited since the Palaeolithic period. Back then, the islands were connected to Funen and covered with woodland and many large freshwater lakes. Countless finds have been made in the Archipelago from Stone Age settlements both on land and under water.


Over the ages, the shallow waters and many islands have been ideal for commerce and shipping among the islands. Several of the ports were granted town charters, such as Faaborg, Svendborg and Ærøskøbing, giving them the right to engage in trade and tradesmen enterprises, thereby improving the conditions for the towns and the surrounding area.


South Funen is studded with landed estates or manors which were originally more than just large farms with accompanying lands and buildings. Some manors owned churches, woods, mills, tenant farms and villages. Several of the islands in the South Funen Archipelago belonged to large landed or manor estates as late as the 19th century.