The Vätteryd grave field, also known as Vätterydshed, dates from the Iron Age. The grave field consists of 183 menhirs, 15 stone ships - the largest 25 m long and 8 m wide - and 2 circles. Many of the stone ships are so damaged that all that remains are parts smaller than half the original size.

In the beginning of the 19th century, Vätteryd, with about 600 menhirs, was considered the largest grave field in Scandinavia. The research conducted between 1955 and 1957 made clear that the site had been a place of cremation burials. The grave goods found - such as bronze jewelry, glass and bronze pearls, and bronze wire - were taken to various museums in Stockholm.

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23, Tjörnarp, Sweden
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Founded: 550-900 AD
Category: Cemeteries, mausoleums and burial places in Sweden
Historical period: Vendel Period (Sweden)

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Jandi Hallin (2 years ago)
Finfint picknick ställe.
Aaron Goldman (2 years ago)
Cafe Breve did not happen to be open. The stones we're cool. Be prepared for lots of animal droppings on the path. My aunt says it was dear scat (but I think it was human).
Geoffrey Smith (2 years ago)
Great collection of megalithic stone longships
Christina Molbech (3 years ago)
Beautiful historic place, great for a walk among graveyard from vikingage
Rasmus Johansson (4 years ago)
Nice area, close to a heavily trafficked road
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