Photographer's Note

A pathway between 2 of the 3 tumulus or burial mounds of some ancient Viking kings. Taken at Gamla Uppsala, a short bus ride from Uppsala. Gamla is 'old' in Swedish. There is an interesting museum onsite and there are similar mounds in Gyeongju, Korea.

From Wikipedia: "In the 19th and 20th centuries, they were speculated to hold the remains of three kings of the legendary House of Ynglings and were thus known by the names Aun's Mound, Adil's Mound and Egil's Mound. Today their geographical locations are instead used and they are called the Eastern mound, Middle Mound and Western Mound.

They are dated to the 5th and 6th centuries. As Sweden's oldest national symbols they are even depicted on the covers of books about the Swedish national identity. In the 6th century, Gamla Uppsala was the location of royal burials. The location was chosen carefully and in order to make them majestic. The tumuli were constructed on top of the ridge. By burning the dead king and his armour, he was moved to Valhalla by the consuming force of the fire. The fire could reach temperatures of 1500 C. The remains were covered with cobblestones and then a layer of gravel and sand and finally a thin layer of turf."

Seen here are the middle and eastern mounds.

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