The west Mound

A princely burial
A big burial mound.

The West mound excavated in 1874 measures 67 by 51 metres and is 10 metres tall.

Various interpretations of the mound’s age include Sune Lindqvist's suggestion that it was raised in the mid-6th century AD (The Migration Period), while the archaeologist John Ljungkvist places it around 570-625 AD (The Vendel Period).

Again, the majority of the bone material was reinterred after excavation. The excavators claimed at least one man and one woman were interred in the mound. But when modern osteologists analysed the material in 1999 only one adult individual could be identified. The grave goods indicate that this person was male.

Gold and garnets

The mound contained the remains of:

  • Two dogs and a northern goshawk
  • Bone from bear claws, suggesting that the deceased was laid out on a bear pelt.
  • Horse, pork, poultry – for food?
  • Two bone combs
  • Six whetstones
  • An iron belt clip with silver ornamentation
  • Ivory gaming pieces – probably of late roman origin
  • Remains of two glass beakers
  • Strips of gold foil that may have been woven into textiles
  • Cloisonné fragments, i.e. gold fitted garnets
  • Part of a belt buckle or a sword mounting
  • A gold fragment with a small animal head – identical to those on the gold collar necklace from Möne in Västergötland. Could there have been a gold collar necklace in the grave?
  • Three small cameos with various motifs. These may be from the near east, dating from the 4th century. Have they adorned a book? Or were they fitted to a helmet or a casket?
  • Six iron rivets, possibly from a casket or chest
  • A small ornamented bone cylinder, probably an Upplandic made artefact mounted to a staff.

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