The East mound, the largest of the monuments, was
excavated in 1847.
Various interpretations as to dating exist. The
archaeologist and professor Sune Lindqvist (1887-1976) suggested that it was
erected around 500 AD, or in the early 6th century (The Migration
Period), while the archaeologist John Ljungkvist places it around 550-600 AD
(The Vendel Period).
The east mound is around 9 metres tall and its oval
shape measures around 75 by 55 metres.
At the mounds base was a stone cairn
covering a burial urn with burnt bone.
Remains of two persons
So who was buried there?
One interpretation is that it
is a double grave, with two individuals. One was a boy, only 10 to 14 years old
at the time of death, the other was a woman.
The reason little can be made of the osteology
material is in part that the bodies were cremated, in part the most of the bone
material was reinterred after excavation.
Gold and glass
Since the dead were cremated on a pyre along with the
grave goods, artefacts have largely been destroyed by the fierce heat.
of what nevertheless could be discerned were:
- Thin bronze plate, possibly
originally mounted on the kind of helmet known from the bout burials in Vendel
- Bone gaming pieces
- Remains of glass beakers
- A bone comb
- A small bone duck, which possibly
once festooned the top of a bone needle.
- Iron rivets, possibly from a casket
- Whetstones for sharpening knives
- A object which may have been a makeup
- Fittings possibly from a drinking
- Three gold objects: a piece of gold
plate with filigree (thin strands and granules of gold), a piece of gold plate
with animal ornaments and fittings for garnets. All three objects may have
festooned a so-called scramasax, a single edge fighting knife.
- Burnt and unburnt bone from a least
three dogs, a hunting falcon, cattle and sheep
- Bone from bear claws, suggesting that
the deceased was laid out on a bear pelt.
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