Stolpmonumentet i det förkristna Gamla Uppsala

Emneord (Nøkkelord)

ancient monument
rows of posts
procession routes
ritual delimitations
Old Uppsala


During archaeological excavations in Old Uppsala, Sweden, 2012-2017, traces of two rows of posts have been found and dated to c. 500-600 AD. The northern row goes north-south and stretches out c. 900 meters. The southern row runs east-west and is about 500 meters long. There are clear indications that this large-scale monument had a religious significance. However, the monument is mysterious and difficult to interpret. This contribution argues that the posts may have represented symbolic markings that flanked one or more ceremonial routes in Old Uppsala. It also suggests that they were ritual delimitations of an inaugurated area.

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