[ Gyldenså, Helligkvinde]

Gyldenså, Helligkvinde

East of the mouth of the Gyldenså river, is one of the island's most spectacular collections of single-stone monuments, or menhirs. The group of stones is called Helligkvinde (the Holy Woman). One of the stones stands on a low heap of stones, with a similar stone nearby. East of this heap of stones is an oval ring of nine stones. Legend has it that the stone on stone heap was originally a holy woman and her small children. They were all turned to stone to save them from impending danger. In the old days, passers-by paid their respects to the Holy Woman and her children. The stones were probably erected in the Late Iron Age.

What are menhirs, and what were they used for?

  • Story written by: Maria Panum Baastrup
  • Time / Periode 375 750

Menhirs are rectangular stones that are erected upright, buried for stability. They date back to the late Bronze Age or Iron Age. Unlike runic stones, for example, there are no inscriptions on them and they can vary a great deal in size. The menhirs can stand alone or sometimes stand in groups. Bornholm in particular has lots of menhirs, but they are also found in other parts of the country. They often mark burial grounds or a cultural area – on Bornholm they are often seen with stone heaps, burial mounds and cremation graves.

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