Gryet (from Old Norse Griut – stone group), in Bodilsker, on the Danish island of Bornholm, is the second-largest collection of standing stones in Denmark.
Gryet (from Old Norse Griut - stone group), in Bodilsker, on the Danish island of Bornholm, is the second-largest collection of standing stones in Denmark.
Of the stone group, 67 of around 100 menhirs have been preserved. The site was already in use in the Iron Age around 1000 BCE. The menhirs were used as grave markers, their most recent usage goes back to around 400 to 900 CE, well into the Viking Age.
Compared to specimens in other places in Scandinavia, the local standing stones are of a smaller size. It is not known whether the forest was used as a burial ground or whether it grew up later.
The arrangement of the stones in groups indicates families or graves of villages. The different arrangements of the grave fields in the same areas show that the graves were used for generations. In the case of newly created graves, the markings of the old graves were apparently respected by leaving them in their position.
Traces of settlement from the same period have been found near the forest. Two old roads through the forest have also been discovered that cannot be dated. The construction field is located on the Øle Å, the longest and richest river on Bornholm.
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