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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Ekornavallen
Country: Sweden Landskap: Västergötland Type: Passage Grave
Nearest Town: Falköping  Nearest Village: Broddetorp
Latitude: 58.279200N  Longitude: 13.603600E
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Ekornavallen submitted by cereus : Girommen, Ekornavallen (Vote or comment on this photo)
Various sites in Västergötland

Excerpt from the web page of The National Heritage Board ( Riksantikvarieämbetet) in Sweden:

Ekornavallen, situated on a raised ridge sloping down towards the river Slafsan in the Falköping district, is one of the most remarkable ancient sites in Västergötland. The time span between the graves bears witness to the area's great prehistoric importance.

People were buried at Ekornavallen as far back as Neolithic times 5,000 years ago. They were laid in large stone chambers. These vast megalithic tombs - stone cists and passage graves -- allowed burial of generation after generation. The stone cist in the area is built of upright stone blocks, the roof of long stone slabs, with estimated space for up to 60 people. In Ekornavallen's four passage graves people could be buried sitting in divided spaces. The largest and most well renown is "Girommen", which is said to mean "the grand oven".

The ancient site has for a long time attracted the interest of experts and is discussed and described in several older treatises. Unfortunately it lacks remains of villages, habitations, boundaries etc.

A large cairn is dated from the Bronze Age, 1 800-500 BC. With a diameter over 20 metres and height over two metres, the grave is visible from afar in the surrounding landscape. Perhaps a leading village figure wished for a magnificent grave to show his power? Grave size and position suggest the deceased is buried with ample grave goods.

The variation of Iron Age grave types provides exciting insight into burials of the period. Standing stones, stone settings, stone circles and a triangular stone setting can be found. Stone settings are the most common form of grave during the Iron Age. Stone circles (domarringar) are however chiefly dated to the period 0-500AD. The area has graves from both the late and early Iron Ages.

Twelve standing stones - Bauta stones - are positioned practically in line. An ancient track presumably passed this way. Oral tradition tells of the Bauta stones: those travelling by could hardly fail to see them. The monuments are said to have been raised in memory of 19 knights who fell in the battle of Falköping 1389.

The Ekornavallen graves have not undergone archaeological investigation. Though some have been restored by the National Heritage Board, resulting in several finds such as amber fragments, ornamented potsherds and a parallel-sided blade.

Travel directions
The burial ground is situated around 15 kilometres north of Falköping in Västergötland. There are signs from road 46 and 184.

greywether wrote: There's a lot to see here although much of it is somewhat ruined. There are four passage graves (three in the public site and one in the adjoining garden to the S);two stone circles;three groups of standing stones;two robbed out cairns and one intact one; and a "treudd" - a triangular cairn. The site was therefore in use for 3000 years from mid third millennium BC.

The most northerly passage grave is the best preserved and is known as Girommen.
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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Girommen passage grave. Close up of the passage. September 2011. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Site in Västergötland Sweden Girommen passage grave at Ekornavallen. Photographed in October 2002. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Ekornavallen submitted by KaiHofmann : Ekornavallen, image taken by Joerg Moellmann in june 2013 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Ekornavallen submitted by neolithique02 : More pics : http://neolithique02.blog4ever.com/blog/voirphotos-65835-2-1948626380.html Site in Västergötland Sweden (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The remains of the passage grave in the southern sector of the site with the Iron Age grave stone alignment in the background. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The remains of the passage grave in the southern sector of the site with the Iron Age grave stone alignment in the background. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The remains of the passage grave in the southern sector of the site. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The four aligned Iron Age grave marker stones in the southern corner of the site. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The fourth of four aligned Iron Age grave marker stones in the southern corner of the site. Two of these stones have cup marks and it may be that they were robbed from passage graves here. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The third of four aligned Iron Age grave marker stones in the southern corner of the site. Two of these stones have cup marks and it may be that they were robbed from passage graves here. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The second of four aligned Iron Age grave marker stones in the southern corner of the site. Two of these stones have cup marks and it may be that they were robbed from passage graves here. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The first of the four aligned Iron Age grave marker stones in the southern corner of the site. Two of these stones have cup marks and it may be that they were robbed from passage graves here. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : The chamber of Girommen passage grave illustrating the immense size of the orthostats. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : View down to the 5000 year old Girommen passage grave and across the Ekornavallen site. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Girommen passage grave dated from around 3000 BC.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : A view of the passage of Girommen passage grave, one of the best preserved sites at Ekornavallen. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Domarring (Judges Circles) are stone circles which are burial sites dating from the Iron Age. This one is towards the nothern end of the paddock at Ekornavallen. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Iron Age stone grave marker. Beside each stone a hollow grave is located within which burnt bones in clay urns have been found. There are 12 such stone memorials here. September 2011

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Ekornavallen submitted by DrewParsons : Iron Age stone grave marker. Beside each stone a hollow grave is located within which burnt bones in clay urns have been found. There are 12 such stone memorials here. September 2011.

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Ekornavallen submitted by greywether : One of the stone circles.

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Ekornavallen submitted by greywether : A third passage grave (with some of the standing stones in the background).

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Ekornavallen submitted by greywether : The Girommen passage grave.

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Ekornavallen submitted by greywether : A view over the N half of the site showing the relationship of some of the monuments. In the centre is the best preserved of the four passage graves (Girommen). On the extreme right is part of the cairn of another passage grave. Two small stone circles (centre and left) and some standing stones can also be seen.

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Re: Ekornavallen by neolithique02 on Tuesday, 11 October 2011
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