Historical knowledge

Here lay the dead

During the excavation of Borum Eshøj in 1875 a plan of the barrow was drawn. The plan shows that an old man’s grave lies at the centre. To the right of this we see a grave that contains the body of a young man. Farthest to the right an elderly woman’s grave is shown. The excavation plan also includes a pair of square stone-settings. These form enclosures or small buildings where one could honour the dead for a time. In addition there are several areas of stone paving. The barrow is surrounded by a stone wall carefully built in steps.

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