The small town Lödöse on the Göta River, just a few miles north of Gothenburg, was one of the most important regional communities until the mid-11th century when it was a harbor and center for trade. In the early 20th century, railway builders discovered skeletons in Lödöse while preparing the ground for the railway. This was the start of an ongoing archeological discovery, where more than half a million archeological findings have been brought to daylight. Among these are ordinary things like shoes, combs and musical instruments as well as rarer objects like a shell from the place of pilgrimage, Santiago de la Compostela in Spain, picked there sometime during the 12th century and brought to Lödöse. The permanent exhibition at Lödöse museum tells of medieval life in west Sweden, and findings from the excavations are shown in the exhibitions.