A Central Place

From the early Vendel Period (550-800 AD) til the 1100s Old Uppsala was a so-called central place; an important centre for economy, social interaction, politics and religion.

A central place incorporated important functions for the rulers of the society. Here council could assemble and important religious and ritual ceremonies undertaken. Also, a market could be held, attracting traders and craftsmen. A central place was an arena for society’s elite, but attracted a large population from all social strata.

Read on about "Old Uppsala before Old Uppsala".