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.
1 week ago
This mystery haunts me. Since I only speak English I am limited in my yearning to find out more. For instance, Beowolf is chocked full of references to actual events, do they reference this massacre? What about the viking sagas? Do...
1 month ago
För den digitalt intresserade finns nu rapporten 'Sandby borg X. Sandby borg – A Virtual Connection' att läsa i höstmörkret! Are you interested in the digital? Read the report 'Sandby borg X. Sandby borg – A Virtual Connection'....
2 months ago
Schakten blev djupare än vi räknat med och igenfyllningen tedde sig allt mer skräckinjagande. I det läget är det underbart att se frivilliga komma dragandes på skottkärror längs stranden. Tack så fantastiskt mycket ni som hjälpte oss...
2 months ago
Grävningen utanför borgen går mot sitt slut, planen är att vara helt klara och igenlagda på fredag. Det är dock en del att hinna klart med innan dess, schakten blev lite djupare än vi räknat med... Oj då.... Påfört grus i massor...
2 months ago
Nu när Frösslundamossen restaurerats, har det gjorts någon arkeologisk besiktning?...
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