Once upon a time a long, long, time ago…

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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1 week ago

Idag var ingen vanlig dag i borgen. Finbesök av högsta rang, när Kungen och Drottningen förärade oss ett besök som varade i dryga två timmar med guidning av Helena och Ludde följt av fyndtitt och härligt fika i solen. Vi fick intrycket...

3 weeks ago

This last week's been a bit crazy, feels like we've been all over the world which is awesome 🙂 New York Times, The Guardian, BBC, CNN, National Geographic, Nature, etc etc... This weekend we were also featured in just about every...

1 month ago

Imorgon händer det saker 🙂 Som en hint kan vi nämna att Helena, Ludvig och Clara nu ikväll har suttit i en timmes intervju vardera med New York Times. Och det är inte allt... Håll utkik, således! Exciting stuff going on, not least...

1 month ago

Lökigt i Sandby borg

Ni följer väl Ölandsbladets poddradio? Där finns mycket godis om Sandby borg, nu senast om en gammal lök som ni väl känner väl vid det här laget....

2 months ago

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April april! Som många förstod så är det inte sant. Tyvärr för det hade varit jättespännande. Men vi skulle aldrig flytta projektet från Kalmar läns museum och Kalmar! Ila Wulf finns inte, men däremot biskop Wulfila som sägs ligga...

2 months ago


Det arkeologiska arbetet vid Sandby borg inbegriper många aspekter. Här kan man ta del av doktorand (snart doktor) Gustav Wollentz's arbete, där han diskuterar Sandby borg som ett svårt kulturarv och huruvida berättelser om platsens...

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We continuously look for new partners to ensure that the excavations at Sandby borg can continue. If you or your company are interested in being a part of the mystery solving at Sandby borg, please contact us on facebook.com/sandbyborg or drop us an email at info@sandbyborg.se.