People and Places of the Past

Gotland - Boat Burials

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Gotland is an island in the Baltic that was well populated and an important trading centre throughout the medieval period. From the iron age to the viking age it was customary to bury the dead in stone boat burials many of which survive. Gotland is now part of Sweden. All the sites shown here are open to the public.

The larger of the two boat burials at Gnisvards.

The smaller of the two boat burials at Gnisvards.

The boat burial at Gannarve.

The boat burial at Gannarve from the bow of the boat.

There are numerous boat burials at Galrum.

One of the larger burials at Galrum.

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