Pilane burial ground
The high-altitude burial ground of Pilane ( Swedish Pilane gravfalt ) southwest of Klövedal on the island of Tjörn in Bohuslän in Sweden is a burial ground from the Iron Age , which is dated between the turn of the ages and the year 600 AD.
The burial ground consists of around 90 monuments, including building stones , 15 domar rings with a central stone, burial mounds and round stone settings . Although Pilane is one of the most important burial grounds in Sweden, based on smaller finds, it is assumed that far more graves were laid here during the Iron Age than are visible today, which were destroyed by land use or are covered by earth. It is not known why such an important burial ground was created at this point.
Early human activity can be found in the area around Pilane, which was ice-free relatively early. Neolithic pottery has been found on the coast . Even if it is not clear when the hunters and gatherers came to Tjörn, bone finds show that reindeer herds grazed there 4500 years ago. The Bronze Age rock carvings by Basteröd are located near the grave field .
- Pilane burial ground - entry in the database "Fornsök" des Riksantikvarieämbetet (Swedish)
- Description (Swedish)
- Description and picture (Swedish)