The other day I visited one of the better known ancient monuments in Västernorrlands county; the Högom grave field in Sundsvall. When most hear about big mounds they think of Uppsala Mounds or other big mounds in the lake Mälaren region or further south in Sweden, but there are also several big mounds in the north.
Today there are 10 mounds at the grave field, but there are have been more, at least 7 have been excavated or been dug away over the years. The mounds that are visible are between 5-40 meter in diameter. Five of the visible mounds are excavated and rebuilt, three big mounds and 2 smaller. Excavtions have made in 1949-50, 1954, 1956, 1960 and 1984. The finds are rich, some of the graves are chamber graves, and they are dated to 400-500 AD. Among the finds are east and west land bronze pots, weapons, wine glasses, parts of horse equipment etc. etc.
Finds of an older settlement has been found underneath and in between the graves, among them post holes from at least one long house.
The grave field, the house foundations and the findings in Högom is outstanding. They tell a tale of a centre of power not unlike those found at Uppsala or Bertnem in Norway.
On the grave field is also a rune stone, it’s not on it’s original place, it has been moved several times and the original placement is unfortunatly been lost. This one of only 18 runic inscriptions in Medelpad. This has the signum M 11 and is dated to the Viking Age/Middle Age.
The inscription is:
kunuþr auk þurkairþ| |þaun -itu raisa st(a)(i)(n) aftiR þurstain sun sin in aun auk auntr bruþr hons
Gunnviðr and Þorgerðr, they had the stone raised in memory of Þorsteinn, their son. And Aun and Eyndr were his brothers.
A fantastic place, come and visit it 🙂