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August 21, 2018

Ales Stones

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I'd never heard of these until my current utter absorption in the Swedish-Danish TV series "Bron" ("The Bridge") turned me into a fanboy of all things Malmö and Sweden.

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To that end, I've been reading about the Øresund Bridge and my attention has wandered off into various areas, among them this fantastic site.

From Visit Skåne:

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This mystical monument dating back to the early Iron Age consists of 59 massive boulders arranged in a 67-meter-long outline located 32 meters above sea level, with a magnificent view over Österlen's hilly landscape and the Baltic Sea. 

Ales Stones — a cultural narrative — is Sweden's best-preserved ship tumulus, made up of 59 standing stones located high above the village of Kåseberga, just east of Ystad, in Österlen.

Some believe the 59 stones are a burial monument.

Others claim that the stones served as an ancient astronomical clock, as they are positioned so that the sun goes down at the northwestern stone in summer and rises exactly at the opposite stone in winter.

However, there is a consensus that the stone ship is the largest and best preserved in Sweden.

The 59 stones are placed in the shape of a ship 67 meters long and 19 meters wide at its widest point.

The monument is believed to have been created during the early Iron Age (CE 500-1000).

August 21, 2018 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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