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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Tingvatn Stone Circles
Country: Norway Fylke: Vest-Agder Type: Stone Circle
Nearest Town: Kristiansand  Nearest Village: Lyngdal
Latitude: 58.394351N  Longitude: 7.232169E
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
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 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.
4 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
4

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Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : The "Skjelvaspranet" stone circle. I had to take two photos from each half because the flat terrain didnt allow a good picture of the whole circle. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Stone Circle in Vest-Agder

The site at Tingvatn is one of the most fascinating ancient sites in Vest-Agder. It is also one of the most valuable. It consists of two beautiful stone rings, one rectangular stone setting with rounded corners and two parallel rows of standing stones (probably the remains of a ship stone setting) and 6 round barrows.

The stone circles are probably grave markings from early iron age, only some parts of the site have been excavated.

The stone circle to the north consists of seven standing stones and has a diameter of 15 metres The stones have a height of around 1 metre. The circle goes by several names: Sjusteinsringen, Skjelvarspranget and Holmgang Ring. The legend of the doomed young girl Skjelva is attached to the ring. She was condemned to death but she was promised to keep her life if she managed to jump from rock to rock around the ring. It is said that she managed all the jumps all the way to the final and decisive. Then she fell to the seventh stone and died. The distance between each of the stones is 6 metres.
Inside the stone circle was found a cremation grave. It contained nothing else than some burned human bones.

Immediately south of Skjelvarspranget is a large, square stone circle with rounded corners. It is called Offerringen (the Sacrifice Circle). This stone circle however, is made of very small stones laid out in the square pattern. Today almost all of the stones are hidden under the vegetation and only one single stone is possible to see. It appears as a single standing stone. It is around 70cm in height. This circle has never been excavated.

Farther south lies Nisteinsringen. This is also called the Judge's Ring. According to folklore, the judges sat on each stone where they would judge in litigation in court. This is however, probably just a myth, it is probably a grave marking same as the one to the north. The nine stones are around 1 metre in height and with around 5 metres between them. This ring has not been excavated.

Between the two stone circles there are two parallel rows of standing stones. It consists of 11 standing stones, but it was originally made of more stones. They are from 1 to 1.7 metres in height. It is not certain what this is, but it is probably the remains of a ship formed stone setting like the one at Elgesem and Istrehågen in Larvik.

Around the stone circles and setting, there are seven round barrows. One is 20 metres in diameter and about 3 metres in height, the other 6 are smaller, around 5-10 metres in diameter.

The site is marked with information posters and a small parking lot can be found at the country road leading trough the site. The site has fences around and sheep are grazing inside to keep the vegetation down.

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Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by okris

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Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by okris

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by okris

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by okris

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : One of the small but very nice shaped round barrows.

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : This single small standing stone is the only part of the low Sacrificial ring that is visible above the vegetation.

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88

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Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Close up on the middle of the circle.

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : This is the Domarringen, the south circle with 9 stones.

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : The north part of the ship stone setting.

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : Site in Vest-Agder Norway

Tingvatn Stone Circles
Tingvatn Stone Circles submitted by kenntha88 : The right side of the circle.

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