Thursday, April 05, 2012

The old Burial Ground

The old Burial Ground

Ancient Grave Field Forest 360 Panorama

I took a walk at the big Iron Age grave field in Jordbro earlier this week. It is the biggest such grave field in Sweden. It has around 660 graves in different formations, including tumulus, stone ships and stone circles. This is one of 22 Standing Stones at the field. Another name for this is a Menhir. The graves here are from between 500 BC to 500 AC. The people that lived here were hunters and fishers. A couple of thousand years ago this was the coast line. Today the coast is several kilometres away. For a better view I added a panorama that I shot here a few years ago. Today the field is part of a popular nature reserve, and the old Viking Era road that goes through the grave field is a popular path among the locals. I pass by here on my bike almost every day.


Taphophile Tragics.

8 comments:

Julie said...

Steffe, is the Iron Age burial ground protected because of its natural beauty or because of its heritage value? It must be a wonderful thing to be riding through this, especially on a daily basis. The panorama seems so peaceful. It is much less 'woody' than I would have expected.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Passing by a 2,000 year old cemetery must be a sobering experience. What traces and impact on this planet will we leave?

At least the land that inspires such thoughts provides an appropriate setting for such thoughts.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Steffe, I admire your bravery and still holding the camera without shaking and make good compositions !

Mo said...

Great for both riding and photography

hamilton said...

It is hard for me to imagine seeing a grave stone that is that old, or to imagine their life of so long ago.
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Steffe said...

A little too good for riding. So good that it has now been banned.

Oakland Daily Photo said...

Excellent and unique contribution to the meme.

Sondra said...

OH my such old stones and what a great story behind the the burial field. This is the oldest One on Taphophile as of yet, maybe?