The Bronze Age

The Giant

A giant is buried at Gröstorp according to local lore. His head is at Kvesahöj, his heart at Stenstuan, his feet lie in a marsh and a phallic rock represents his penis. The giant extends in time and space, from the wetlands around the Tomarpsån river and north across the hills.

The village – settlement and society

Archaeologists long believed that Bronze Age man lived on isolated farms scattered around the landscape. However, results from major archaeological excavations carried out over the past few years and new research have shown that settlements were more complex than that.

Ängakåsen

Important Stone-Carving Sites in Southeast Scania

It was during the Bronze Age that the colonization of the landscape took off in earnest with the establishment of villages, fields, pastures and tombs on hilltops, and flat rocks were decorated with “ritual graffiti”.

Hängkärl

Burial Finds

Bronze Age tombs are often rich in grave goods. These conspicuous, splendidly decked out tombs indicate the presence of a growing elite that wanted to make a mark on the cultural landscape.

Bronsåldershög

Burial Mounds

Burial mounds are the most characteristic, visible and lasting features of the Bronze Age cultural landscape. Some are lined up, others appear in groups, usually on top of hillocks. These mounds have been interpreted as ancient territorial markers. The distribution of Bronze Age mounds shows that they are most common along the coast at a distance of between ten and fifteen kilometres.