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Anundshog, Vasteras

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Anundshög (also Anundshögen and Anunds hög) is a tumulus near Västerås in Västmanland, the largest in Sweden. It has a diameter of 60 metres (200 ft) and is about 9 metres (30 ft) high.
Assessments of the era of the mound vary between the Bronze Age and the late Iron Age. A fireplace under it has been dated by radiocarbon dating to sometime between AD 210 and 540.

Some historians have associated the mound with the legendary King Anund, while others regard this as speculative. It is purported also that the name is taken from the large runestone at the site, (Vs 13) the central stone in a row of 15 alongside the mound, re-erected in the 1960s and apparently marking out the route of the Eriksgata. The inscription on the runestone reads:

+ fulkuiþr + raisti + stainn + þasi + ala + at + sun + + sin + hiþin + bruþur + anutaR + uraiþr hik + runaR

"Folkvid raised all of these stones after his son Heden, Anund's brother. Vred carved the runes."
At the foot of the mound are 2 large stone ships placed end to end, 51 metres (167 ft) and 54 metres (177 ft) long. The site was a thing-place and the ship settings may be associated with this function.
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  • For fans of Stonehenge -type standing stones, menhir, dolmen, etc. (and if you‘re not, this might be the place to ignite that interest!). Fantastic, evocative site, highly recommended and worth a...  more »
  • This was a new place for me to visit, so glad I did and I will come here during spring and summer time. So much to found out about Swedens largest funeralpile 🙏 This is really a beautiful place and....  more »
  • Amazing place. We'll maintained. Best historical landmark I have seen in Sweden and it's free!
  • Excellent. Free, beautiful and with nature around. The souviniers are implausibly inexpensive and the staff were delightful.
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