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".