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The Thing building

Marta Lindeberg, Mathias Bäck, Kristina Jonsson och Alexandra Sanmark vid utgrävningen av tingsplatsen vid Anundshög sommaren 2017. Foto: Bengt Wallén

Marta Lindeberg, Mathias Bäck, Kristina Jonsson och Alexandra Sanmark at the excavation of the court site at Anundshög summer 2017. Photo: Bengt Wallén

Mathias Bäck, Kristina Jonsson, Alexandra Sanmark och Marta Lindeberg i samband med arkeologiska grävningar vid tingsstugan 2018. Foto: Bengt Wallén

Mathias Bäck, Kristina Jonsson, Alexandra Sanmark och Marta Lindeberg in connection with archaeological excavations at the Town Hall 2018. Photo: Bengt Wallén

The Thing building

At Anundshög Things (district courts) were held during the whole of the Medieval Ages. The place is described as ‘the right place for the Thing’ in mediaeval written sources. The disputes could be about who owned land or other property. The Thing also punished those who had committed crimes.

Most sources, from the 9th century onwards, describe Things being held out of doors. At Anundshög there are the foundations of a Thing building which was used at the end of the Medieval Ages. In the 1450s the place for holding Things was moved a kilometre north to Badelunda church.

Pole line

From the paddock by the stream and almost 200 meters west stood once a row of large posts with about 5 meters apart. The posts could be up to 80 centimeters thick and several meters high. The promenade has probably been a demarcation of the sacred area and the place of worship to the outside world. Inside were all the graves and the thing. Outside was the large settlement south of Anundshög. The pillars may have stood on the site in the 600s.

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