Anundshög

Västerås, Sweden

Anundshög is the largest tumulus in Sweden. It has a diameter of 60 metres and is about 9 metres high. Assessments of the era of the mound vary between the Bronze Age and the late Iron Age. A fireplace under it has been dated by radiocarbon dating to sometime between AD 210 and 540.

Some historians have associated the mound with the legendary King Anund, while others regard this as speculative. It is purported also that the name is taken from the large runestone at the site, the central stone in a row of 15 alongside the mound, re-erected in the 1960s and apparently marking out the route of the Eriksgata. The inscription on the runestone reads: "Folkvid raised all of these stones after his son Heden, Anund's brother. Vred carved the runes."

At the foot of the mound are 2 large stone ships placed end to end, 51 metres and 54 metres long. The site was a thing-place and the ship settings may be associated with this function.

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Founded: 1500 BC - 1000 AD
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Sweden
Historical period: Bronze Age (Sweden)

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Maarten van Beek (2 years ago)
Little is known in detail about the gravemounds and stone circles (or "ships") but you will possibly learn more than expected, as the signage is quite informative.
Eric A.L. Axner (2 years ago)
An interesting place, probably more still for those deeply interested in archaeology.
Doug Shelton (2 years ago)
There main area is cool. The birch forest, old mounds, and labyrinth across the road are even more cool. A peaceful and mystical place.
Ryan Merckel (2 years ago)
Great place to get burgers and chips. Both the burgers and chips portion are Goldilocks-sized: not too big and not too small. This place does burgers how they are meant to be done, with a good balance on ingredients and serves hot.
Monisha rockzz (2 years ago)
This place is an archaeological site for doing research activities.This place consists of people who were burried more than 1000 years ago.On April 30th,2022 there was a festival conducted here.We went to see the programme here. Overall this is a nice place to take good amount of photography. There were 2 small hills near to the stones.Children were playing on the hills. As a tourist ,you can witness the stones being beautifully placed in the shape of 8 when you see the view from the hill top. There is a small café near to this place.
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