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The people in the Bronze Age barrows

The people of the Early Bronze Age started building barrows on a grand scale. In the barrow the deceased was protected, both by the grave itself and the way in which the barrow was made visible. At the same time the burial mounds ensured that the memory of the dead would be preserved for coming generations. Throughout the Bronze Age the barrows were used again and again for burials. The individual barrow or group of barrows came to constitute a burial site to which people returned for centuries.

The people in the Bronze Age barrows
Map showing the most well-known oak-coffin graves in Denmark. You can see them all in Rooms 8 and 9 of the exhibition.
The people in the Bronze Age barrows
The people in the Bronze Age barrows
Approximately 86,000 prehistoric burial mounds are registered from Denmark. Around 20,000 of these are estimated to date to the Bronze Age. They are found all over Denmark and are today protected.
The people in the Bronze Age barrows
The oak-coffin graves from Borum Eshøj, Skrydstrup, Trindhøj and Muldbjerg can be seen in Room 8.
The people in the Bronze Age barrows
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