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The Burial grounds, Visingsö

On Visingsö there are monuments from all ages: Flint Axes from the Palaeolithic and stone cists from Neolithic times. The best preserved rock coffin, you can see along the main highway just south of Rökinge- is from 1600 BC.

From the Bronze Age there are cracked stone piles and a number of burial mounds - the largest, Haga Mound, located at the edge of the forest east of the southern burial ground in Stigby. The most ancient remains, however, stems from the Iron Age. The 1995-1996 excavations found traces of a long house from the time around the birth of Christ, ie Pre-Roman Iron Age.

The three large cemeteries with a total of about 850 ancient remains are mainly from the early Iron Age, also known as the Viking Age. Cemeteries were originally much larger, but many of the mounds have been destroyed partly by cultivation. The many findings from the Iron Age testify that this was a thriving island community, comparable to Birka and Old Uppsala. The island was a trading and crafting center of great importance.