Tjelvar's Grave

Slite, Sweden

Tjelvar’s Grave is one of the best preserved stone ship settings in Gotland. According the legend Tjelvar, the first man lived in Gotland, is buried there. Archaeologists have dated the grave to made in the late Bronze Ages, 1100-500 BC.

Tjelvar’s grave is 18 metres long and 5 metres wide. The height of the gunwale stones diminishes towards the centre of the ship, which has also been filled with stones to form a boat-deck. A plundered stone-slab coffin, containing cremated bones and a few potsherds, was uncovered in an excavation in the 1930s.

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Founded: 1100-500 BC
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Sweden
Historical period: Bronze Age (Sweden)

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www.segotland.se

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Jorgen Hedman (2 years ago)
En rofylld fascinerande plats.
Tommi Mannila (2 years ago)
Hieno veneenmuotoon kivistä ladottu hauta.
Jonathan Richardson (2 years ago)
Good historical perspevtive
Åsa Kjellsdotter (2 years ago)
En kraft plats
Nat Ho (3 years ago)
Large and well preserved viking monument. Worth seeing but not much else to do at the location.
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