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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Gnisvärd skeppssättning Alternative Name: Ansarve Stone Ship
Country: Sweden Landskap: Gotland Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Visby  Nearest Village: Tofta
Latitude: 57.508380N  Longitude: 18.140750E
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
5

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Jansold visited on 15th May 2024 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5 One of the best ship burials on Gotland

43559959 visited on 10th Jul 2014 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4 Ambience: 4.5 Access: 5

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by Bjorn : This is the leading ship of three in line. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ship setting in Gotland. At Gnisvärd in Tofta, south of Visby, there are three ship formations of different sizes. All of them are set in line, as if out sailing together. The largest one is 45 metres long and 7 metres wide. That makes it the biggest "ship setting" on Gotland.

Most ships contained only one body in the grave. The body had been cremated, the bones crushed and washed and placed in an urn. Often the urn had the shape of a house. Sometimes small household items were buried with the body, such as a shaving knife or other grooming equipment.

There is also a Bronze Age cairn and other smaller graves along the linear path. On the other side of the road are the remains of Gotland's only known Stone Age dolmen.

From Visby drive along the road 140 towards Tofta. After Tofta church turn following a sign to Gnisvärd.

There are about 350 "ship settings" on Gotland. Especially impressive are the ones in Gnisvärd in Tofta, Rannarve in Klinte, Domarlunden in Lärbro and Gålrum in Alskog.

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Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959 : Gnisvärd skeppssättning supermposed on a setting sun seen from the coast of Gotland (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : View from the car park - the site is right by the road on its southern side. September 2011 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : A view along the length of this 45 metre long and 7 metre wide boat shaped grave dating from the Late Bronze Age between 1100 BC and 400 BC. September 2011. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959 : Gnisvärd skeppssättning. Site in Gotland Sweden (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : One of three ship grave settings in the immediate area. This one is the largest preserved example on Gotland and is between 2500 and 3100 years old. September 2011. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : The ship setting here is the largest preserved example in Gotland. September 2011.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : In the Late Bronze Age the dead were cremated and their residual bones washed and cleaned and then placed in an urn together with bronze grave goods. The urn was then buried in or beside the ship setting. September 2011.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : The raised prow of this Late Bronze Age ship setting burial. September 2011

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : View looking back towards the road and in the background the adjacent stone setting sometimes described as a dolmen can just be seen. September 2011.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by Bjorn : Site in Gotland Sweden: The best preserved ship at Gnisvärd lies right next to the gravel road.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by ShamrockStone : Site in Gotland Sweden

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by ShamrockStone

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959 : Gnisvärd skeppssättning. Site in Gotland Sweden

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by Bjorn : Site in Gotland Sweden:

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by Bjorn : Site in Gotland Sweden: Looking into the forest in the direction where the other stone ships and graves are situated.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by ShamrockStone : Site in Gotland Sweden. The third stone ship setting.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by ShamrockStone : Site in Gotland Sweden

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959 : Gnisvärd skeppssättning. Site in Gotland Sweden

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by 43559959

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : Detail from the site sign in English. September 2011.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by DrewParsons : The site sign with an illustration of this Late Bronze Age burial site. September 2011.

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
Gnisvärd skeppssättning submitted by Bjorn : Site in Gotland Sweden: (1 comment)

Gnisvärd skeppssättning
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Re: Gnisvärd skeppssättning by Andy B on Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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    Re: Gnisvärd skeppssättning by davidmorgan on Tuesday, 11 February 2014
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    LOL, he doesn't just get out of his car and walk a few feet to it, he has to atmospherically go through the woods.
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Re: Gnisvärd skeppssättning by davidmorgan on Friday, 03 May 2013
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Re: Gnisvärd skeppssättning by Andy B on Monday, 01 October 2012
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Further reading

Ship settings, rock carvings and decorated metalwork by Richard Bradley,Peter Skoglund & Joakim Wehlin
http://gu-se.academia.edu/httpwwwhistoriskastudiergusePersonallarareforskarepeterskoglund/Papers/1281372/Imaginary_vessels_in_the_Late_Bronze_Age_of_Gotland_and_South_Scandinavia_Ship_settings_Rock_Carvings_and_Decorared_Metalwork

Approaching the Gotlandic Bronze Age from
Sea. Future Possibilities from a Maritime Per-
spective
http://hgo.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:378859/FULLTEXT01 (PDF)
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Re: Gnisvärd skeppssättning by DrewParsons on Sunday, 23 October 2011
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I have refined the GPS coordinates after my visit there in September 2011.
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