Old Uppsala – greater than its myths

In Old Uppsala, myths loom as tall as the royal mounds.

Here the kings of the Swedes are to have ruled, claiming kinship with the fertility god Freyr.

Beneath the grand mounds, supposedly the tombs of Aun, Adils and Egil, people were to have gathered every nine years for great sacrificial feasts, offering both animals and humans to the glory of the gods.

In the 1070s Adam of Bremen suggested that looming over the site was a golden temple. But is any of this actually true? Every archaeological investigation in Old Uppsala brings us closer to reality.

The more complex image of the site that is evolving does not make it any less interesting. Quite the opposite! Fact is stronger than fiction.

Read on about "A central place".