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
- 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
- Part of a belt buckle or a sword
- 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
- A small ornamented bone cylinder,
probably an Upplandic made artefact mounted to a staff.
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