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    The King’s Grave in Sweden is one of the biggest stone graves from the Bronze Age


    Located in the southeastern portion of the Swedish province of Skĺne, The King’s Grave (Kungagraven) near Kivik is what remains of an unusually grand Nordic Bronze Age double burial which roughly 3000 years old. Aside from the age of the structure, the size of the tomb is also fascinating.

    With a diameter of 75 meters, it is the largest known burial mound in Sweden.

    The entrance to the tomb.

    Dated to roughly 1600 BC.

    The site was used as a quarry for construction materials until 1748 when two farmers quarrying in the old mound uncovered a 3.25 meters (11 ft) stone tomb, constructed with ten slabs of stone measuring 0.65 meters (2.1 ft.) wide and 1.2 meters (3.9 ft.).

    The site measures 75 meters in diameter and it is the largest mound of its type in Sweden.

    The stones of the grave facing the grave of Kivik.

    The farmers started to dig into it thinking that they may find treasure underground. Rumor said that the two farmers have actually stolen the treasure. They were even arrested by the authorities and interrogated for it.

    However, the two men denied having found anything, and as no evidence could be provided against them, they were released.

    Stones within the cairn of Kivik

    Rock carving.

    The scenes are thought to represent Bronze Age mortuary rituals, religious symbols, and grave goods.

    The mound contained two cists which are adorned with petroglyphs which show people and ships, weapons, lurs being played, symbols, animals (including birds and fish), and a chariot drawn by two horses and having four-spoked wheels.

    In the 1930s, archaeological investigations of the tomb were carried out, led by Gustaf Hallstrom. It turned out that the large mound contained another burial chamber now called Prinskammaren – The Prince’s Chamber, due to its smaller size.

    One of the ten slabs of stone shows a horse drawn chariot with two four-spoked wheels

    Whether the tomb had been robbed of valuables is uncertain.

    After the excavation, the tomb was restored, but no one knows whether it looks similar to its original state.

    The mound was reconstructed and opened a passage to allow visitors to tour the once hidden burial chamber.

    In spite of the facts that the site has been used as a quarry, with its stones carried off for other uses, and that it was restored carelessly once it was known to be an ancient burial, these two burials are unique.

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