[ Årupgård]


Årupgård is an urnfield from the Pre-Roman Iron Age (500 BC – 0 AD). In this period, all the dead were interred according to the same rites. Cremated with their personal possessions, their charred remains were placed in urns and set down in pits which were then covered by low mounds of peat and earth. The Årupgård site, between Ribe and Gram, was in use for at least 10 generations. Over a period of 400 years, the inhabitants of this area constructed 1,500 burial mounds radiating out from a more ancient mound. The many burial mounds are sprawled 500 metres across the landscape.

Large monuments to the eldest

  • Story written by: Pernille Foss
  • Time / Periode -500 0

The 1,500 burial mounds are not as uniform as archaeologists first thought. This became apparent when the Årupgård site was excavated in 1975. Around each mound was a ditch intersected by at least two entrypoints and sometimes as many as seven. Some were even edged with a fence of wooden posts or kerbstones. The size of the mounds also differed, ranging from between 1 and 12 metres in circumference. Dating charred bone is not easy, but when the archaeologists succeeded, a pattern emerged: the older the human remains, the larger the circumference of the mound.

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