A cultural landscape
After The Røros Copper Works was declared bankrupt in 1977, the state, by way of The Ministry of the Environment, purchased the estate and all assets comprising installations, buildings and equipment. The transaction included all the surrounding industrial and agricultural land. This was done to make sure that this important cultural landscape, together with all the valuable items left behind after 333 year of mining activity would be properly cared for. Eventually, the Røros Museum took over the care and management of all the assets.
The cultural landscape is divided into two separate areas; the area around "Malmplassen" (the ore yard) in the centre of Røros, which covers an area of 2.5 square km and the Storwartz area which is some 9 km north-east of Røros with an area of 4.4 square km.
The area surrounding "Malmplassen" clearly shows signs of having been the site of past industrial activity with many reminders and dominated by the slag heaps and the smeltery. The Hitterelva river runs right through the area and it was one of the most important elements for establishing the industrial activity.
Storwartz is situated in open terrain with only low-growing vegetation and piles of waste rock and low-grade ore from the mining activity. Polluted waterways and the remains of water channels, service roads and mine shafts are traces left behind of the work that took place here. A twp-story red house at "Øvre Storwartz" (upper Storwartz)and surrounding ruins stand out high above the terrain and are clearly visible.