Gamla Uppsala, Sweden



Gamla Uppsala, Sweden. One of Sweden’s largest and most important burial sites, Gamla Uppsala contains 300 mounds from the 6th to 12th centuries. The earliest are the 3 most impressive. Legend has it they contain the pre-Viking kings Aun, Egil and Adils, who appear in Beowulf and Icelandic historian Snorre Sturlason’s Ynglingsaga. More recent evidence suggests the occupant of East Mound was a woman, probably a regent in her 20s or 30s. Christianity arrived around 1090 with a wooden church being built. From 1164, the cathedral was built on the site of the church. It was also the location of the Thing of all Swedes which was held from pre-historic times to the Middle Ages. In the 1080s the Christian king Ingi was exiled for refusing to perform the sacrifices. Instead Blot-Sweyn was elected, but he was killed by Ingi who could then reclaim his throne.

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