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Gamla Uppsala Museum

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Overview: Gamla Uppsala Museum contains finds from the cremation mounds, a poignant mix of charred and melted beads, bones and buckles. More intact pieces come from various boat graves in and around the site. The museum is arranged as a timeline – useful for recreating the history of the area.

Grave Mounds

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Overview: The seat of Western culture, according to Olof Rudbeck's 1679 book Atlantica, was Sweden: specifically, Gamla Uppsala. Rudbeck (1630–1702), a scientist, writer and all-around colorful character, amassed copious evidence proving that Gamla Uppsala was, in fact, the mythical lost city of Atlantis. This fascinating attraction is 4km north of the modern city.

One of Sweden's largest and most important burial sites, Gamla Uppsala contains around 300 mounds from the 6th to 12th centuries. The earliest and most impressive are three huge grave mounds. Legend has it they contain the pre-Viking kings Aun, Egil and Adils, who appear in Beowulf and Icelandic historian Snorre Sturlason's Ynglingsaga. More recent evidence suggests that the occupant of Osthogen (East Mound) was a woman, probably a female ¬regent in her 20s or 30s. Early press reports included medieval chronicler Adam of Bremen – who was never actually here – describing a vast golden temple in Gamla Uppsala in the 10th century. Allegedly, animal and human sacrifices were strung up in a sacred grove outside.

Gamla Uppsala Church

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Overview: According to reports from the medieval chronicler Adam of Bremen, a vast golden temple graced Gamla Uppsala in the 10th century. Outside, dog, horse and human sacrifices were strung up in a sacred grove. Thor, Odin and the other Viking gods were displaced when Christianity arrived in 1090, and from 1164, the archbishop of Uppsala had his seat in a cathedral on the site of the present Church.

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