Viking stone ship at Gettlinge
The Viking stone ship at Gettlinge in Sweden is an ancient burial monument that dates back to the Viking Age.
The Viking stone ship at Gettlinge in Sweden is an ancient burial monument that dates back to the Viking Age, specifically to the 10th century AD. The monument is located on the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea, and is one of the best preserved and most famous Viking stone ships in Sweden.
The stone ship is made up of 48 large standing stones that are arranged in the shape of a ship, complete with a bow and stern. The stones range in height from about 1.5 to 2.5 meters and are placed on a bed of smaller stones. The ship measures about 27 meters in length and 8 meters in width at its widest point.
The purpose of Viking stone ships was to serve as burial monuments for important members of Viking society, and the ship at Gettlinge is no exception. Archaeological excavations have revealed that the ship was used as a grave for at least two individuals, along with a number of grave goods including weapons, jewelry, and tools.
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