Istrehågan is an Iron Age cemetery located in the municipality of Steinkjer in Trøndelag county, Norway.
Istrehågan is an Iron Age cemetery located in the municipality of Steinkjer in Trøndelag county, Norway. The cemetery is located on a farm called Istrehågan, which is situated on a terrace overlooking the Beitstadfjorden.
The cemetery was discovered in the early 20th century and has been excavated several times since then. The first excavations were carried out by Norwegian archaeologist Oluf Rygh in 1905-1906. Later excavations were conducted by other archaeologists, including Haakon Shetelig and Gutorm Gjessing.
The cemetery consists of about 150 burial mounds, which date back to the Iron Age, specifically the Roman Iron Age (1-400 AD). The mounds are mostly circular and range in size from 3 to 30 meters in diameter. The largest mounds are thought to have been built for wealthy and high-status individuals.
The graves within the mounds contained a variety of artifacts, including weapons, jewelry, and pottery. Some of the most notable finds include a gold ring, silver bracelets, and a decorated bronze cauldron. These artifacts suggest that the people buried in the cemetery were part of a wealthy and powerful elite.