Iron Age dolmens and damaged grave fields

Timber storage 

Today I’ve been traveling around the municipality of Ljungby in Kronobergs County. As you can se on the picture above there is still a lot of trees from Gudrun that are still stored. Among the sites that I visited today there were a few that I thought I would present. These have two things in common; they are grave fields and there are Iron Age dolmens on them.

Firstly the grave filed RAA 25 in the parish of Berga.

A small grave field with ca 40 erected stones (of which ca 10 still are erected) a small stone circle consisting of 13 “round” stones and one Iron Age dolmen (Järnåldersdös).

Berga 25:1   Iron Age dolmen   Stone circle on Berga 25:1

From left to right: An overview of the grave field Berga 25:1, the stone circle and the Iron Age dolmen.

The next grave field I visited with Iron Age dolmens is RAA 26 in the parish of Ljungby.

According to the older records there should be three Iron Age dolmens these have however in survey of 1999 been labeled as erect stones or stone cists, be that as it may after visiting I do believe that this is at least one of the Iron age dolmens. The grave filed took quite a bashing in the storm Gudrun of 2005 and it was restored in 2006. The restoration is well made, but several of the monuments have been damaged and several are difficult to identify. Besides the Iron Age dolmens there are 18 round stone settings, one cairn and some erected stones on the grave field. Then there is the question of stone cists or Iron Age dolmens?

Ljungby 26:1    Iron Age Dolmen

From left to right: An overview of the grave field and one of the “Iron Age dolmens”.

During the winter/spring of 2007 a new storm hit Sweden and Kronoberg called Per. As I have been out visiting monuments I have also been forced to record new damages for example on the grave fields RAA 51 in Vittaryd parish and RAA 146 in Berga parish.

Vittaryd 51:1   1 pic2

An overview photo and a close up photo from RAA 51 in Vittaryd parish.

1 pic3   Berga 146:1   1 pic2

An overview photo and some close ups of damages on RAA 146 in Berga parish.

//Magnus Reuterdahl

About Magnus Reuterdahl

I am an archaeologist/Osteologist from Sweden. My main intrest lays in north Euorpean archaeology in, preferbly the prehistory of the late iron age and the neolithic periods. I've also got a strong intrest for Chinese archaeology, especially the neolithc Yangshao culture. I also write about cultural heritage and cultural history. Mitt namn är Magnus Reuterdahl, jag är arkeolog och osteolog och arbetar företrädesvis i Sverige även om jag gjort ett par vändor till Kina. På den här bloggen skriver jag om mitt yrke, om fornlämningar, kulturarv och kulturhistoria m m. View all posts by Magnus Reuterdahl

5 responses to “Iron Age dolmens and damaged grave fields

  • Pierre

    Nice blog you got there!

  • Magnus Reuterdahl

    Thanks!

  • Aleph

    Se på tusan, dig känner jag igen från verkliga livet. Kolla in min egen nystartade blogg, där finns kanske ett och annat intressant!

  • Magnus Reuterdahl

    Tjena Aleph, alltid kul att stöta på bekantingar. Kollar in din blogg a.s.a.p.

    Magnus

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    […] I thought I’d open up this the 32 edition of the 4SH blog carnival with a few pictures taken last summer at a small Iron Age grave field in Halland county, Sodra Unnaryd parish. The grave field is called Bedjaror or RAA 58:1. In previous posts I’ve written about a grave type called Iron Age dolmen. This is a typical grave field that contains this type of dolmens; besides dolmens there are normally a few cairns flanked by erected stones and stone circles. This grave fields are dated to the early Iron Age (500 BC-500 AD). More info about this grave type can be found in previous posts here, here and here. […]

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