- Stone ship
The Stone ship was a Germanic burial custom, typical of
Scandinavia, built from tightly or loosely fit slabs or stones. Sometimes they are of monumental proportions. In Sweden, the size varies from 67 metres ( Ale's Stones) to only a few metres. The orientation varies. Inside, they can be cobbled or filled with stones, or have raised stones in the positions of masts. The illusion of being ships has often been reinforced by larger stones in the ends. Some have an oblique aft. Ship settings are often found on grave fields, but sometimes far from any other archaeological remains.
Scattered examples are found in Northern Germany and along the coast of the Baltic States (where they are called "devil ships"). They are believed to have represented the actual burning ship in which the dead was sent out to the sea. Excavations have shown that they are usually from the latter part of the
Nordic Bronze Ageca. 1000 BC- 500 BC(e.g. Gotland) or from the Germanic Iron Age, the Vendel Ageand the Viking Age(e.g. Blekingeand Scania).
Prominent stone ships
Ale's Stonesis a stone ship in southernmost Sweden. It is 67 metres long and 19 metres wide.
Stones of Askeberga[http://www.foteviken.se/sweden/vasterg/askeberg/n2076.jpgImage] [http://hem.passagen.se/sagabo/kabinett/platser/askeberga.htm and more images] is Sweden's second largest stone ship measuring 55 metres in length. It is, however, the most remarkable one as it is made of 24 enormous boulders, weighing about 25 tonnes each.
Anund's Mound( [http://www.schwedenecke.de/a22schif.jpgImage] ) The double stone ship at Anund's mound has a total length of 100 metres and one of the ships is 25 metres wide. In the same area there are several smaller stone ships.
Gettlingegravfalt, Öland, Sweden ("Environmental Baseline Study, Oland, Sweden", Öland, Sweden, July, 2004)
Hulterstadgravfalt, Öland, Sweden includes a total of 170 burial locations.
Lindholm Højenear Aalborg, Denmark
Stones of BlomsholmThe stone ship at Blomsholm near Strömstadin Bohuslänmeasures more than 40 m in length and consists of 49 large menhirs. The fore and the aft are about 4 meters tall. There are several other large megaliths in the area.
Stone circle (Iron Age)
* [http://susning.nu/Skeppss%e4ttning Swedish information site]
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