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Anundshög

Bild på Anundshögen med skeppssättningens stenar i förgrunden. Foto: Antti Korhonen
Flygbild över Anundshögsområdet.

Sweden's largest burial mound
Anundshög is Sweden’s largest burial mound. It is 9 metres high with a diameter of 64 metres. It dates from the 6th to 8th century AD. The mound is built on a foundation of clay on which the dead were cremated. The remains were then covered with a mound of stones, which was covered by turf and earth. Many people were involved in the work of building Sweden’s largest burial mound.

The prehistoric remains around Anundshög show clearly that the area was the hub of a power center during the Iron Age. We will perhaps never know how great the power was which was concentrated here, but it was certainly royal power. At the beginning of the Medieval Ages it seems as if there were deliberate attempts to obliterate this power center. The ship settings were destroyed, the rune stone was toppled over and the royal estate, which must have been here, was divided up. Today not even the name of the royal estate remains as its name was replaced during the Medieval Ages by the name of the mound – Anundshög

Anundshög – ett tusenårigt maktcentrum