At one of Ölands ancient ring forts, several spectacular discoveries were made in 2010, among these were treasure troves containing exclusive brooches as well as glass beads originating from the Mediterranean area of the Roman Empire. Since then we have conducted archaeological excavations annually. From these we’ve been able to ascertain that a massacre had taken place, where the deceased have been left where they fell. This has given us a unique snapshot into the time of the gruesome event, as well as how the daily life might have looked like by the end of the 5th century AD. Follow us in our search for knowledge about the ring fort, its inhabitants and their world.
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The Sandby Borg project is partly financed by Riksbankens Jubileumsfond. This is a collaboration between Dept. of Museum Archaeology/Kalmar County Museum, The Linnéaus University and Stockholm University.
Frozen in Time
histories of life and moments of death at Sandby borg
The scientific project deals with the Iron Age ring-fort of Sandby borg on Öland where previous investigations suggest a violent massacre in the late 5th century AD. The victims were not buried, but were left lying where they fell. This has created very unusual archaeological material providing a unique insight into the life histories and death of individuals, as well as people’s social organization and material culture during the middle Iron Age.
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From the north:
At Gårdby, on Öland’s eastern coast, drive south for about 3 miles. You’ll pass Södra Sandby and a big farm on the left hand side, keep an eye out for a big sign rest stop sign and the text: N. Kvinneby 2. On the opposite side of this sign you’ll find a dirt road heading towards the ocean, follow this road to its end, then walk the shoreline southbound until you reach the fort.
From the south:
At Stenåsa, drive north for about 3 miles. You’ll pass the village of Norra Kvinneby and a beautiful cemetery field on the left side. Keep an eye out for the back of a big road sign planted on the left side of the road. On the opposite side of this sign you’ll find a dirt road heading towards the ocean, follow this road to its end, then walk the shoreline southbound until you reach the fort.
- Be careful driving down the dirt road to Sandby borg! The road is not suited for heavy vehicles.
- Beware of grazing cattle and their herders!
- Park your vehicle with consideration to others!
- Don’t litter – bring your garbage with you when you leave!