Pre-Viking Age monuments uncovered in Sweden
|Archaeologists in Sweden have uncovered this 1km-long row of wooden poles which is|
believed to be from the 5th Century, but their purpose is unclear [Credit: flygfoto]
Archaeologist Lena Beronius-Jorpeland said the colonnades were likely from the 5th century but their purpose is unclear. She called it Sweden's largest Iron Age construction and said the geometrical structure is unique.
|The wooden monuments were found near a pre-Viking Age burial ground while work was|
carried out to prepare for a new railway line [Credit: National Heritage Board]
She said the pillars are believed to have been at least 23 feet (7 meters) high. Bones found in some postholes indicate animals had been sacrificed there.
|Archaeologist Fredrik Thölin sitting next to one of the foundations where the wooden|
poles were erected around every 20 feet [Credit: Upplandsmuseet]
Beronius-Jorpeland said written testimonies from medieval times describe the city as a place for large pagan "blood ceremonies" and religious feasts.
|Archaeologist Anton Seiler examines one of the foundations which held pillars that|
were believed to be around 7m high [Credit: National Heritage Board]
Author: Malin Rising | Source: The Associated Press [October 17, 2013]